Schedule impacts continue to be monitored. The project still appears to be at least six months behind schedule. After June 30th, the project delay will nearly all be the result of PG&E caused delays.
On June 6, 2018, the City of Capitola opened three bids that had been received for the construction of the Capitola Branch Library. The lowest bid, from Otto Construction, came in $2.3M over the amount budgeted for the construction. Based on this, City staff and the project manager developed two recommended options for the City Council’s consideration. On July 26th City Council voted 4 to 1 to accept the option to award a contract to Otto Construction to build our wonderful new library.
City staff negotiated changes order Otto Construction based on value engineering (cost reductions identified by city staff, the architects, and the project manager). These changes did not affect the size or the library programs and operations that will be delivered from the new branch. The look and feel of our new library remains the same. We will still enjoy natural light, ample space for flexible rooms and reading areas, a community porch, the community meeting room and much more.
Some very good news in the fall of 2018 was that City staff identified additional construction funding from Measure S due to special library tax revenues having exceeded estimated amounts.
When the cost reductions and additional funding came through as planned, the City Council chose to build the library as designed. This design has been extremely well received by the public and is based on numerous community inputs as well as library staff knowledge of current and future needs of a 21st century library. It also drew upon a needs analysis and a Facilities Master Plan conducted by library consultants.