Price Hill Project
The Price Hill Branch is temporarily closed for its renovation and expansion. Visit the Covedale Branch for in-person service. Our Building the Next Generation Library website has the latest news and photos for the branch renovation and expansion, and we anticipate opening the renovated/expanded branch in early 2021.
After several community feedback sessions in Price Hill – including sharing the design concepts, FTC&H, the architectural firm hired to do the project, has finalized the design for the branch. Initial bidding from contractors was over budget, and the project went to re-bid.
The project Re-Bid construction documents have been advertised online and with the Cincinnati Enquirer on 12/13/19 and 12/16/19 asking for contractors to begin reviewing, estimating the cost to construct the building and assemble there official bids to submit to the Library for consideration. The project required a re-bid since the initial contractor bids, submitted by interested contractors on 11/19/19, exceeded the allowable bid threshold set by Ohio Revised Code for public bidding. The allowable threshold is 10% of the total advertised construction cost estimate. The initial bid came in 22% over the advertised estimate. The Library had to disqualify the bids to comply with the Ohio Revised Code.
As a result of the overbidding and after a careful review of the project plans, the Library Board of Trustees increased the overall project budget to $7.3 million dollars at their December 10, 2019 meeting. The current construction market is very competitive as a result of greater demand than available suppliers and workforce. In addition, the cost of materials is higher than in the past several years. This project is a priority given that the current facility is not accessible or operational.
The Re-Bid from interested contractors will be opened and read aloud on January 15th, 2020.
As long as the new bids are within the 10% of the budget estimates, the Library, in conjunction with its construction management team, will qualify each bid submitted and award contracts to the lowest responsible contractor for each of the nine Trade contracts that were advertised in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code
The construction site work is now scheduled to begin mid-March, 2020 with anticipated completion in early 2021.