Library goes out to bid

September 2, 2010

New facility to break ground at end of month

The King County Library System put the construction of the Newcastle Library out to bid Aug. 17.

KCLS Director Bill Ptacek said the bidding process would take four weeks, and groundbreaking would be near the end of September.

The Newcastle Library, which went out to bid last month, is finishing the permitting process and will soon break ground. Contributed

Ptacek and KCLS Director of Facilities Development Kay Johnson announced the news at the Aug. 17 City Council meeting, and the audience responded with applause. Construction is still slated to take about a year, yielding a fall 2011 opening.

KCLS is now finishing the permitting process with the city and working with Puget Sound Energy to move utilities underground on 129th Avenue Southeast.

The final design of the library calls for 11,500 square feet of floor space and 7,500 square feet of plants on the green roof. The building will use radiant floor heating, which channels hot water under the floor to heat the building. The size of the workroom has also been reduced, adding 400-500 more feet of study space.

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