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GE Johnson Selected as Library Construction Manager

Jackson, WY- The Teton County Library Board voted March 17, 2011 to approve the selection of GE Johnson Construction Company as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the library addition and renovation project.

Seven firms submitted applications for the library project, and all were reviewed and rated by a recommending selection committee, composed of Library Director Deb Adams, Assistant Library Director Isabel Zumel, Facility Manager Dail Barbour, Library Board Members Bill Wotkyns and Clark Heindl, County Commissioner and Library Liaison Andy Schwartz and Teton County Library Assistant Project Manager Stan Zaist. The committee first short-listed three candidates, and then selected one firm to recommend to the Library Board for approval.

“We are thrilled with the selection of GE Johnson Construction. They have excellent qualifications, a solid local base and have worked in the community for several years which will contribute to the project in a variety of ways, specifically with regard to their knowledge of local subcontractors,” said Library Director Deb Adams. “The selection committee considered the three finalists very strong candidates and we were extremely pleased with the quality of the submissions in general,” she added.

Next steps for the library and CMAR include contract negotiations, as well as project scheduling, phasing and budget refinements. One of the first tasks of the CMAR is to check the constructability of the building design, reviewing it for areas of improvement and cost savings. As part of the CMAR process, the construction manager is brought onto the project much earlier than is typical, which helps build a partnership for developing the construction drawings and project costs, resulting in costs savings.

The library will be the first government agency in Teton County to use the CMAR process, which is different than typical construction bidding. In contrast to a non-CMAR bidding process in which a lowest bid is the main criteria in awarding the contract, the CMAR process allowed the library to evaluate the bidders’ project management qualifications, as well as costs.

The library plans to begin site work in late summer 2011 and expects to complete the project by early 2013. The library will continue to serve the public throughout construction, and is considering scheduling any necessary construction closures during traditionally slow times, such as long holiday weekends, to minimize disruption for library patrons.

The voter-approved library project includes building an 11,000-square-foot addition and renovating the existing 24,000-square-foot building, parking lot and outdoor areas. The building project will create more space for books and other library materials, reading and study, computers and technology, community meeting rooms, and dedicated teen and children’s areas, which will be separated from quieter library spaces. The Library Board is planning for green building LEED certification. The library’s existing building systems will be replaced or modified to increase energy efficiency and to handle increasing loads from growing library use, especially in new technologies.

Regular building project updates will be available throughout the process to keep library users informed. For information or to sign up for regular email updates about the library’s addition and renovation, visit us online at, stop by the library at 125 Virginian Lane or call Deb Adams, Library Director, at 307-733-2164, ext. 128.

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