Library project goes out for bids

The Point Roberts Park and Recreation District is set to get rolling with the new library this summer, and the first step is to put the project out to bid.

On June 28, the district published an invitation to bid on the reconstruction of the Julius Fire Hall on Gulf Road as the new home of the Point Roberts Library.

“The parks district encourages all qualified building contractors in Point Roberts, across Whatcom County and beyond, to submit bids to carry out this exciting project,” said district commissioner Stephen Falk. This is the next step, he said, the “culmination of countless hours of community discussion, six years of fundraising, collaboration with our partners at the Whatcom County Library System and Friends of the Point Roberts Library, and the design work and good counsel of architect David King of Bellingham.”

“The park district looks forward to receiving numerous excellent proposals and to selecting the one that will fulfill all the requirements,” Falk said. Bids will be accepted at the Whatcom County Library System’s administrative building at 5205 Northwest Drive in Bellingham until 2:30 p.m. on August 2, when they will be publicly opened.

Interested building contractors may view project bid documents online by going to bxwa.com and clicking on “Posted Projects,” “Public Works,” and “Point Roberts Park & Rec District No.1.”

“This online plan room provides bidders with fully usable online documents with the ability to download, view, print, order full/partial plan sets from numerous reprographic sources, and a free online digitizer/take-off tool,” states the invitation to bid. It is recommended that bidders register in order to receive automatic e-mail notification of future addenda and to place themselves on the “Self-Registered Bidders List.

Bidders that do not register will not be automatically notified of addenda and will need to periodically check the online plan room for addenda issued on this project.  Contact Builders Exchange of Washington at 425/258-1303 should you require assistance with access or registration.

Further information regarding drawings and specifications is available from King Architecture LLC, 360/647-5464.

A pre-bid walk-through of the project site will be held on July 12 at 11 a.m. at 1431 Gulf Road.

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