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City firm gets contract for library work

May 05, 2009

A Hagerstown architecture firm was awarded a $1.2 million contract Tuesday for architectural services on the renovation and expansion of Washington County Free Library's central branch in Hagerstown.

The Washington County Commissioners voted 3-0 to award the contract to Bushey Feight Morin Architects Inc., the Hagerstown firm that served as the architect for the new Maugansville Elementary School building.

The firm submitted the lowest cost proposal of eight companies whose submitted proposals were deemed "responsive and responsible," according to a report by county purchasing agent Karen R. Luther.

Commissioners President John F. Barr was absent Tuesday and Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire abstained from the vote on the contract, saying he had not had enough time to review the bids.

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The library project includes renovating the existing 44,500-square-foot building and adding an expansion of about 47,500 square feet.

Construction is expected to cost $18 million to $20 million, Luther said.

The project is slated to get about $10 million in state funding, with $5 million in the state's budget for fiscal year 2010 and another $5 million anticipated the following year.

Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2010 and end in November 2011, Luther said.

-- Heather Keels

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