|View from Fenton Street. Source: Pre-proposal Slide Show|
"We’ll do an invitation to bid with those contractors," Scheuerman said. "Once we get that in, hopefully we’re off to the races."
Scheuerman could not comment on the number of contractors who expressed interest, but the sign-in sheet from a February pre-submission meeting includes representatives from 23 different companies.
A slide show from that meeting shows another new design and layout from project architects Lukmire Partnership.
|View from intersection of Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue.|
Source: Pre-proposal Slide Show
The library will occupy the top three stories. Pyramid Atlantic will use the first two floors and the basement.
Initial designs released in 2009 showed a taller building with County offices on the sixth floor and library meeting space on the seventh floor.
The County has been working on the new library since at least 1999 when it approved funding. When completed, the new library will replace the existing Silver Spring Library -- the County's oldest community library.
|View along Wayne Avenue. Source: Pre-proposal Slide Show|
"By doing that now, that will hopefully allow construction to proceed more rapidly," said Susanne Churchill, senior architect project manager for the library.
She said she hopes to start construction this fall. Total build-out should take about two years for a late 2014 opening.
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