RFPs sought to plan Ionia Community Library's future – Sentinel-Commonplace

IONIA — The Ionia Community Library is searching for a design agency to assist the library board and workers plan for future service wants.

Dale Parus, library director, stated he has issued a request for proposals to solicit certified and bonded skilled design companies concerned about growing a feasibility examine proposal. That proposal will help him and the board decide about building plans for a facility that may greatest meet these service wants.

“We're, on this specific spherical, simply looking at our choices and what's greatest for the group,” stated Parus.

Parus stated that, a few years in the past, he advised to the library board that they kind a strategic planning committee, made up of group stakeholders who might advise the board on what residents will want in a contemporary library.

“That group labored exhausting and gave us nice concepts to use throughout the working millage election final August, which was profitable,” he stated, including that this identical committee has continued to advise the board and him on what they're calling Part 2. “Part 2 appears to be like on the precise library facility the place the companies are being provided. It follows up on the outcomes of the current constructing satisfaction survey that the planning committee was instrumental in growing.”

The constructing survey highlighted some strengths of the present facility positioned within the Corridor-Fowler house, corresponding to its historic magnificence and grounds, in accordance to Parus. Nonetheless, the variety of “pointed damaging feedback” made by the general public have been quite a few, together with lack of satisfactory area, the steep staircase and a small elevator. 

“The current concept of a library is to be the group hub, to pull the slack for different group's choices,  group applications and enrichment collection — and truly maintain it within the constructing,” stated Parus. “It's fairly obvious to lots of people that use this place: it is cramped area. No person would design a library that approach.”

The strategic planning committee really useful  feasibility examine be accomplished by an expert agency to decide what plan can be essentially the most advantageous approach to enhance service to the general public. That suggestion was authorised by the library board at its October assembly. Parus stated he hopes this second section will “open up a real pathway towards offering one of the best for the group.”

“A technique or one other, the library board, myself and the stakeholders, all of us appear to agree that, sure, the library has to have a extra trendy constructing to work out of. That’s the fact of it,” stated Parus. “Corridor-Fowler is an excellent house. For the primary 70 years it labored because the library, however since then folks have come on board and stated, ‘Issues are altering; what concerning the future?’ We’re wanting ahead, and need to do higher for the folks of Ionia.”

Parus anticipates that the design agency chosen will present choices for the library board and him to selected from that may signify a “ahead imaginative and prescient that might be supported by the folks,” he stated.

“Whether or not it’s right here at Corridor-Fowler, a brand new construct, or re-purposing a constructing on the town, that’s what we would like them to advise us on and put into actual numbers, so we are able to say, ‘These are the consultants and they're advising us to go down that path.’ There's the price to take into account, but additionally what’s greatest for a contemporary library.” 

The RFP is obtainable on the library’s web site homepage at www.ioniacommunitylibrary.org.

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RFPs sought to plan Ionia Community Library's future - Sentinel-Commonplace