Bids Opened for New Library

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By Linda Cicoira — Construction bids for the Eastern Shore Public Library in Parksley were opened this week with base figures ranging from $4.38 million to $5.67 million.

Four companies participated in the process. The low bid came from RH Contracting Inc., of Atlantic, which bid $4,383,000. Other bids were from Ocean Construction Services of Virginia Beach, Va., $5,068,056; Sussex Development Corp., of Virginia Beach,  $4,616,699.57; and Delmarva Veteran Builders, of Salisbury, Md., $5,678,344.54.

The county’s purchasing department “will be checking that all required documents were submitted with the bids, e.g., bonds, licenses, etc.,” Deputy County Administrator Stewart Hall wrote in an email. “I’m sure that the library trustees and county administrator will be reviewing available funding over the next few weeks to determine if a contract award can be recommended to the board of supervisors.”

Bids from those companies for the four alternative plans will also have to be considered. The next time the supervisors meet is May 15.

Plans for the library include the 1,100-square-foot Brooks Miles Barnes Archives Room, the Eastern Shore Room, the 1,290-square-foot Dennis R. Custis Lecture Hall, a 755-square-foot teen room, and a 2,490-square-foot children’s space.