Renovation Plans

The maintenance and renovation initially planned for the library in 2018 was estimated to cost $2.9 million.  This included refreshing the existing HVAC system with new components, a minor upgrade to the electrical system, replacing a worn and tired roof and a total redesign of the interior to facilitate more space for the Children’s Room, the Adults’ Room and staff area.

The Town Council on March 18, 2019 approved this plan and the voters agreed to a $1.0 million bond for its construction on November 5, 2019.

In March, 2020, the plans were brought to a third-party estimator to ascertain the current cost of the refurbishment.  The estimator found that the HVAC system far exceeded its useful life and its rejuvenation was impossible due to its advanced age.  The cost of an efficient system capable of supporting the library environment, with related major upgrades to the electrical system, increased the overall cost of the project by $900K.

Costs Associated with Renovation

The design for our renovation has been provided by the architectural firm of NewPort Architecture, LLC, of Newport, RI, to be a sympathetic addition to the traditional Colonial Revival style of the existing building and in keeping with its surrounding neighborhood.  The expectation is that any additions and renovations will seamlessly blend into the current building. 

Construction Documents are being fully coordinated with the Structural, MEP, FP and HVAC consultants, in preparation for obtaining competitive bids from qualified contractors in late 2020.

The following is a detailed cost analysis for a 2021 construction schedule which includes all costs associated with the project from architecture and engineering fees to a generous allowance for furniture, fixtures and equipment:

  General Conditions     $260,000
  General Construction     $1,765,000
  HVAC/Electrical/Fire Protection     $1,182,000
  Recondition/Replace Roof     $239,000
  Fire Protection/Fees/Permits     $130,000
  Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment     $274,000
Total     $3,850,000