Library contractor seeks "best-value" in subcontractor

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​Salem’s own Cherry City Electric was named the new electrical subcontractor for the upcoming Salem Public Library Improvement project.

Salem voters approved a bond to pay for the project. The upgrades will make the library safer in an earthquake, improve accessibility inside and around the exterior of the building, and make other critical improvements.

“Cherry City is a local, experienced design-build partner and their proposed costs are below Howard S. Wright's preliminary electrical budget,” says Allen Dannen, P.E., Assistant City Engineer.

Cherry City Electric is one of two key new subcontractors for the project.

With schematic design complete, general contractor Howard S. Wright is also bringing the Hermanson Company, a  local Northwest firm with offices in Beaverton and Eugene, on as the mechanical subcontractor at this critical time. These two subcontractors will participate in the continuing design process.

Later this year, the Main Library will close as it prepares to move to temporary quarters at the corner of Hood and Broadway NE. The improvement project is expected to take 18 to 24 months. Library visitors are already seeing preparations for the move.  Space on the Peace Plaza level has been cleared to make room for storage, and the computer lab has moved to the main floor of the Library.

When it opens in early 2020, the temporary location will be smaller than the Main Library. You can avoid close quarters by reserving books online. You will receive a notice when your materials are ready to pick up.

Similar to the Police project, Howard S. Wright used a “best value” selection process to find the right partners for both design and construction in the key electrical and mechanical trades.

Proposers were evaluated based on a combination of qualifications, including:

  • Understanding of the project

  • Engineering plan

  • Cost (both design and construction fee percentage)

Many other subcontractors will be needed for the project. Most will be hired via the more traditional low-bid method. The City of Salem will work with Howard S. Wright and community partners such as the Salem Chamber of Commerce, to spread the word of these opportunities as they approach.

Learn more at Salem Public Library Seismic and Safety Upgrade Project.

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