Bentworth Community Center Building Project seeks bids

The Board of Trustees of the Bentleyville Public Library is re-advertising for bids for the Phase One of the Bentworth Community Center Building Project.  The Bentworth Community Center is the name of the building that houses the Bentleyville Public Library, the Bentworth Senior Center, and the Bentleyville Area Historical Society.  The building is owned by the library and is administered by the board of trustees.

Phase One of the building project includes the renovation of the current building, the addition of a new front lobby, and the installation of an elevator that will provide accessibility between the two floors of the building.  Approximately $1,050,000 has been secured to fund Phase One.

These funds will be cover construction costs, architect and engineer fees, mandated environmental studies and permits, temporary housing for the library, and contingencies.

The original bids for Phase One, which were received on August 31st, exceeded the construction budget for the project.  Over the last two months Kulak Design Associates, the project architect, has worked to modify the project to reduce costs.  The modifications include the elimination of a separate children’s restroom in the library, a shower in the senior center, and a large clock on the exterior of the building.  The modifications also include changes to some wall and floor coverings.

Bids for the modified project will be advertised in in late November, construction contracts will be awarded by early January, and construction will start by early February.  Phase One, which was scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2017, is now scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017.

The Bentworth Community Center serves residents of Bentleyville, Cokeburg, and Ellsworth boroughs and North Bethlehem and Somerset townships.

More information about the building project and gift giving opportunities can be at the Bentleyville Public Library.