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STEVENSVILLE – Thirteen architectural firms submitted bids to design an expansion of the Kent Island Library and these ranged in price from $67,825 to $0. The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners accepted the pro bono bid from Mann Woodward Studios, Inc., of White Marsh, during their September 12 meeting.
During the County Commissioners’ public budget hearings held last spring, John Walden, executive director of the Queen Anne’s County Library system, told the commissioners that 4,241 households borrowed from the Kent Island Library last year and almost 1,000 new library cards were issued from that branch.
Walden asked the commissioners to fund improvements to the Kent Island Library which he said is well used by residents and needs to grow to meet current and future demands. He said the expansion would address lack of space to provide children’s services and programs, separate the small children’s room and the computer stations and provide meeting space.
When the Queen Anne’s County Public Works Departments solicited bids they outlined what was necessary for the proposed project, as follows.
Budgetary constraints and library expansion requirements are dictating that Programming Services shall be provided which evaluate at least three design alternatives for the library expansion. These three scenarios shall evaluate the aspects of the prioritized library services and spaces required which shall be determined during the Program Phase. It is currently estimated that the three renovation/addition design alternatives shall include project sizes of approximately 8,000, 11,000 and 15,000 square feet which shall include renovation of the existing spaces and required site work improvements:
These additions shall include an expanded children’s area including a family restroom, a dedicated library activity room, general shelving and library space, several small tutorial rooms, additional meeting space, additional restrooms, branch librarian office, and a larger staff workroom, security system for all materials, storage, additional furniture and shelving for the additional library space, acoustical treatments and all related mechanical electrical and plumbing improvements.
Renovations and upgrades to the existing Kent Island Branch Library Building with aesthetic improvements, acoustical treatments, revisions to existing interior traffic flow, relocation and replacement of circulation desk, a complete building fire sprinkler and alarm system and with all other necessary appurtenant improvements required by these upgrades and as determined through the programming design work.