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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Library construction update: Yes, local contractors are used

'Snake wall' conceals unisex bathroom and storage area.

Workmen constructing curved ceiling soffit for 'snake wall'.

Plainfield Library Director Joe Da Rold gave me a peek at the ongoing construction work in the Children's Room the other day, providing an opportunity to answer a reader's question from the last post on the project (see here).

The reader wrote --

That is great that the room is being renovated. I too have fond memories. The one question that I must ask is? How many local contractors are being used.
To which Library Director Da Rold responds --

Per New Jersey Law the Library went out to competitive bid due to the cost of the project. However, we have included as many local vendors in as many areas as possible. By handling the entire demolition of the room in-house, we were able to bring in local electricians, plumbers and HVAC vendors. The primary painter for the upcoming finishing work is a local contractor as well. Scrap metal was hauled off by a local salvage company, rather than throwing it in the dumpster.
I was told that 'portholes' will soon be cut in the paper covering the windows so that visitors can watch the work as it progresses.

Larger unisex bathroom meets ADA requirements that two older bathrooms could not.

View of room from inside puppet theater (opening is the 'stage').

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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