Central Library Space Planning Call for Design Services Released

October 11, 2013

For immediate release

Contact: Donna Corbeil
Director of Library Services


The Berkeley Public Library is pleased to announce that a Central Library Space Planning effort will begin in early 2014. These limited area improvements will build on the work completed at the Central Library, located at 2090 Kittredge Street in downtown Berkeley, as part of the 1996 Measure S renovation and expansion, and a refresh of the first, second and third floors completed in 2009. Areas of focus for the effort will be to create an inviting and functional space for teens; and lighting, collection layout and public seating improvement on all five floors of the public areas; with the goal to increase visitors comfort and usability of library services.  Requested design services will encompass developing alternatives and innovative solutions to improve interior public spaces within the existing square footage, while respecting the features and improvements, including historical elements made during past renovation. The selected design team will engage both staff and community stakeholders to develop a plan and options to ensure the library’s continued ability to meet patron needs into the future.

The full project announcement and invitation to bid can be found on the City of Berkeley’s website,http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Finance/Home/Current_Bid_and_Proposal_Opportunities.aspx

The City of Berkeley will receive sealed Bids on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, for this public work, advertised as Specification No. 14-10812.  A pre-bid tour and question and answer meeting for consultants will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Central Library, attendance is not required to respond to the RFP.   For information pertaining to the Request for Proposal process contact Henry Oyekanmi, General Services Manager at the City of Berkeley (510-981-7320) and for library specific questions contact Donna Corbeil, Director of Library Services (510- 981-6195).