This is the type of information dissemination that this blog is about – Crozet-specific announcements, news, etc. This new library has the potential to invigorate Crozet even more.
We areÂ pleased to announce that Albemarle County is in final contract negotiationsÂ with the architectural firm of Grimm and Parker for site selection analysisÂ and design of our new Crozet Library.
EightÂ firms responded to the countys request for proposals, submitting credentials,Â experience, references, examples of work and design philosophies.Â These eight proposals were reviewed and scored by county andÂ Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL) representatives, and the top threeÂ firms were identified.Â These three firms were then invitedÂ to make formal presentations to, and be interviewed by an architect selectionÂ committee, consisting of five county representatives, JMRL library director,Â John Halliday, Library Board Representative, Tim Tolson, Building AdvisoryÂ Committee representatives, Tom Hurst and William Schrader, andÂ myself.
Grimm and Parker was voted the committees top choice.Â Out of McLean, Virginia, Grimm and Parker will partner with the local firm of Heyward Boyd, and will bring thirty years of library design experience to ourÂ project.Â Factors contributing to this firms selectionÂ include the firms dedication to the community input process, creative andÂ innovative design concepts, and the ability to stay on budget.Â John Halliday has spoken with library directors who have worked withÂ Grimm and Parker, and has heard only praise for this firm.Â
ThisÂ Friday, library representatives, representatives of the Building AdvisoryÂ Committee and county staff will be visiting two Grimm and Parker libraries inÂ Maryland.
ThreeÂ building sites are still under consideration, two downtown sites and the oldÂ school site.Â Grimm and Parker will be conducting publicÂ forums to gather input and work through the pros and cons of the variousÂ sites. Stay tuned for announcements of these forums!Â We want your input!
I feel certain that, withÂ Grimm and Parker as our design team and the creative input and energies of theÂ dedicated library community, were headed for a beautiful and dynamic CrozetÂ Library, a true reflection of our community.Â
If you’d like moreÂ information, or have suggestions or concerns, please feel free toÂ contact:
Building AdvisoryÂ Committee Representatives: William Schrader and Thomas Hurst, Library Board Representative Tim Tolson.
The “staying on budget” aspect is exciting – will penalty clauses be written into the Contract?