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OC Library planning moves forward

An open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, for people to meet Oregon City’s architects, contractors and project managers for the Carnegie Library’s renovation and expansion.

In addition, presenting information on the project’s timeline and process, project leaders will discuss the “mind-breaking” exercises done earlier at 606 John Adams St. In May, more than two-thirds of OC voters approved of the city taking on $6 million in debt for the project.

The next big step in planning for the construction is “programming” — the process of determining how much space is allotted to each area and which areas are adjacent to one another. With about 30 percent of the future 20,000-square-foot building already committed to mechanical, bathrooms and other such nonlibrary-program space, a major question is what activity is done in the current 7,000-square-foot Carnegie portion of the building once it’s renovated.

On June 18, the city commission approved the selection of P&C Construction for the total cost of the new $10 million library project. On June 4, the Oregon City Commission had approved an alternative contracting method for the library project to bring in this contractor early in the design process. Through this work with the city officials and the architects, the contractor can help inform the decision-making process, thereby (leaders hope) saving funds and avoiding change orders.

Library Director Maureen Cole told city commissioners last month that P&C has extensive experience with historic renovations and library projects. Per their contract with the city, P&C’s preconstruction fees can’t exceed $24,875, but the full budget impact of this contract will not be known until work has entered the next phase.

In meeting with the contractor to discuss sustainability and LEED certification, Mayor Doug Neeley stated his major concern was that the building be built in as sustainable a way as possible.



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