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Friday, August 29, 2008

Search for design services on track for Gleason Library

The Gleason Library Building Restoration Committee is seeking a designer to spearhead the evaluation of the structure which has experienced deterioration and water damage, as well as to oversee repairs. To that end, the committee has published a “Request for Qualifications” (RFQ), copies of which were made available at the library office on August 6 for interested designers and engineers.

The restoration committee discussed methods of communicating with applicants at their August 14 meeting. Committee member Elizabeth Barnett pointed out the need to document the questions and answers voiced during the meeting with candidates. (Barnett is the town’s administrative coordinator and has recently assisted the Housing Authority in drafting a Request for Proposals for the construction of senior affordable housing.) All information given to one applicant must be shared with every applicant, she pointed out, to be fair and legal. She noted some experienced designers may know to ask specific questions which would give them an “edge.”

Librarian Angela Mollet said all employees at the library have been instructed to refer questions to her office. Barnett suggested other town departments such as the Department of Public Works be informed about the need to contact Mollet when there are questions about the library. The committee’s goal is to receive repair recommendations from the applicants.

Mollet reported that so far over 15 designers have made inquiries about the project. Applications must be received by noon on September 12, after which the committee will review them and create a “short list.” After references are checked, the finalists will be interviewed around October 16. The committee will conduct site visits of the applicants’ completed projects. The designer will be selected by November 7 and the committee will enter into fee negotiations at that time. ∆

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