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 all in favour of creating a feasibility research proposal. That proposal will help him and the board decide about development plans for a facility that may greatest meet these service wants.
“We're, on this specific spherical, simply having a look at our choices and what's greatest for the neighborhood,” stated Parus.
Parus stated that, a few years in the past, he steered to the library board that they kind a strategic planning committee, made up of neighborhood stakeholders who may advise the board on what residents will want in a contemporary library.
“That group labored laborious and gave us nice concepts to use in the course of 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 supplied. It follows up on the outcomes of the latest constructing satisfaction survey that the planning committee was instrumental in creating.”
The constructing survey highlighted some strengths of the present facility situated within the Corridor-Fowler house, resembling its historic magnificence and grounds, in accordance to Parus. Nevertheless, the variety of “pointed adverse feedback” made by the general public had 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 neighborhood hub, to pull the slack for different group's choices, neighborhood packages and enrichment collection — and really 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 means.”
The strategic planning committee beneficial feasibility research be accomplished by knowledgeable agency to decide what plan could be probably the most advantageous means to enhance service to the general public. That advice was accredited by the library board at its October assembly. Parus stated he hopes this second part will “open up a real pathway towards offering the most effective for the neighborhood.”
“A method 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 fashionable constructing to work out of. That’s the fact of it,” stated Parus. “Corridor-Fowler is a superb house. For the primary 70 years it labored because the library, however since then individuals have come on board and stated, ‘Issues are altering; what in regards to the future?’ We’re wanting ahead, and wish to do higher for the individuals 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 shall be supported by the individuals,” 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 will say, ‘These are the consultants and they're advising us to go down that path.’ There's the fee to contemplate, but additionally what’s greatest for a contemporary library.”
The RFP is on the market on the library’s web site homepage at www.ioniacommunitylibrary.org.