The Forest City City Council has approved Bergland & Cram, Mason City, as architects for the new public library project, which will be located in the old Forest City Foods building.

Douglas Foreshoe, representing the architect firm, said at last Monday night's council meeting, the firm will completely document the building, figure how the library staff works and where they can improve efficiency.

According to the contract, the firm will have a two-day 3P (production, preparation and process) event in July, complete the renderings by Aug. 16, hold public forums August through September, send bidding documents to contractors January 2020 and receive bids from contractors February 2020. The firm expects to complete construction by Nov. 30, 2020.

According to the contract, the payment by the City will be split into two phases: $15,000 for Phase 1, which includes creating a preliminary building program and conceptual design for the new library, and 8.35 percent of construction costs for Phase 2, which includes creating construction documents, assisting with the bidding of the project, construction administration and a warranty walk through.

Because of the expected cost of the project, Foreshoe said after the first phase was completed, the second phase would not begin until after the council had completed the necessary fundraising to cover the cost of the project as well as give approval to begin the second phase.

One point of concern expressed by members of the council was the leaky roof of the building and how the architect would work around that if they (the council) were to decide to have it replaced now.

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“We’re not addressing [the roof] at this point in time because you guys are already taking care of the roof project,” Foreshoe said. “We’re just going to be modifying as needed for the aesthetic design and for initial waterproof things we see necessary for the peers and lampholes.”

After approving the contract, the council then went over the three bids they received to replace the roof of the building.

The council had received two bid from Mid-West Roofing Company one for $52,450 to remove and repair the current roof and a second one which included installing a new tapered roof for an additional $23,400, for a total bid of $75,850.

The third bid was from Grell Roofing LLC, which offered to remove and replace the existing roof and insulate with a flat roof with either a 15-year or a 20-year warranty for a sum of $88,000 or $75,500, respectively.

The council ultimately tabled the decision until further discussions could be held with Bergland and Cram.

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