Erving’s $5M library project moves forward with selection of general contractor

Published: 1/10/2019 10:00:04 PM

ERVING — The town’s $5 million public library project is moving forward. The Selectmen held a joint meeting Jan. 7 with the Board of Library Trustees and the Library Building Committee, project manager Daniel Pallotta of P3, Inc. who proposed accepting the bid from Marois Construction Company, Inc. for the construction of Erving’s $5 million public library project designed by Johnson Roberts Associates, Inc. of Somerville, a leader in library design.

After questions and discussion, the selectmen voted unanimously to approve entering into contract negotiations with Marois, a privately owned company in the Western Massachusetts area specializing in commercial, industrial and institutional projects. On the Dec. 19 deadline for submission, the South Hadley Company was the lowest bidder. Construction should start in early spring.

In February 2018, the project received a commitment of state funding for $2.7 million administered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Erving voted at their May 2017 Annual Meeting to fund the project. The new Library on Northfield Road will be located at 2 Care Drive between the Erving Elementary School and the Erving Senior/Community Center. The project should be completed in 2020.

“I’m looking forward to that grand opening” said Erving Public Library Director, Barbara Friedman, who has worked on the project since 2010. “It’s great to be moving ahead with the support of town officials that recognize the value of the library and the need it serves in their community.”

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Construction Program has helped to build or renovate more than 200 Massachusetts Libraries since 1987.

Daniel Pallotta of P3,Inc. was hired as Erving’s Owner’s Project Manager in 2014 to oversee the project. Phil O’Brien, LEED AP Principal, and Stewart Roberts, AIA Principal, Johnson/Roberts Associates, Inc. are the architects. Erving citizens serve on a advisory Library Building Committee. Members are co-chairs, Sara Campbell and Jacquie Boyden, Library Director Barbara Friedman, Friends of the Library President Becky Hubbard, Trustee Rupert (Peter) Roy-Clark, Librarian Marcia Bernard, Finance/Planning Committee representative Deb Smith, Electrician Charles Zilinski and representing students, Cynthia Roy-Clark.

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