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Library Seeks Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) Bids for Addition Through Feb 18, 2011

News Release
For release Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Jackson, WY- The library begins advertising today for a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for its addition and renovation project. The submission deadline for applications is February 18, 2011. Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) packets are available by contacting library Facility Manager Dail Barbour at 733-2164, ext. 121 or .

The CMAR process is slightly different than typical construction bidding. In a non-CMAR bidding process, the organization and architect put out a full set of construction drawings, accept construction bids, and then contract with the lowest bidder. The CMAR process allows the library to first evaluate the bidders’ project management qualifications, as well as costs.

According to Dail Barbour, Library Facility Manager, in other Wyoming counties where the CMAR process has been used, a much more collaborative partnership between the organization and contractor has resulted. The library will be the first government agency in Teton County to use the CMAR process.

“One of the parts I like best about this process is that it allows the library to bring on a general contractor earlier in the project than is typical,” said Deb Adams, Library Director. “This will help build a better partnership for developing the construction drawings and project costs.”

After the submission deadline on February 18, the library’s Facilities Committee, County Commission Liaison and Project Assistant Manager will review submissions, interview potential candidates and make a hiring recommendation to the Teton County Library Board in March, 2011.

The library plans to begin site work in summer 2011 and expects to complete the project in approximately 18 months. The library will stay open and continue to serve the public throughout construction of the addition and renovation.

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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