Contact: Donna Corbeil
The Berkeley Public Library is pleased to announce that the South Branch Library project is moving forward following an extensive community planning and formal approval process. A new state of the art library will be constructed following the demolition of the current facility located on the corner of MLK, Jr Way, at 1901 Russell Street in Berkeley. The new library designed by the San Francisco firm Field Paoli Architects is an 8,700 square foot one- story building which will house library operations and the Tool Library. “This will be a warm and welcoming facility,” said Donna Corbeil, Director of the Berkeley Public Library. “With improved lighting and ventilation, as well as expanded seating and areas designed specifically for children and teens, the new South Branch Library will be a destination for the whole family.” The project is one of four funded by Measure FF, $26 million in general obligation bonds, approved by Berkeley voters in November 2008. The full project announcement and invitation to bid can be found on the City of Berkeley’s website, here [http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/contentdisplay.aspx?id=8432]. The City of Berkeley will receive sealed Bids on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, for this public work, advertised as Specification No. 12-10615-C. This contract will be subject to the Community Workforce Agreement approved by the Berkeley City Council on January 18, 2011. Bidders may obtain Contract Documents from ARC (telephone 415-602-8577) after December 9, 2011. For information pertaining to the Contract Documents, please contact Steven Dewan (Kitchell CEM) at (650) 393-3656.