OXFORD — The construction contract for renovation of the former Lane Library, located at 15 South College Avenue, was awarded to Kramer & Feldman, Inc. during the City of Oxford’s council meeting on Tuesday, July 18. The renovations will allow space for city staff, allowing the current municipal building to expand the police department’s space.
The 2017 Capital Improvement Budget (Municipal Facilities Capital Improvement Fund) includes $5,613,132 for the renovation of structures to accommodate city offices. The city has been working with CR Architects to develop plans and specifications for the renovation of two buildings to provide office space for city administration and for an expanded police station.
Renovations at the former Lane Library will provide space for the Office of the City Manager, including the Clerk of Council, and the following departments: Finance, Economic Development, Community Development, Human Resources, and Public Services.
Renovations to the current Municipal Building, located at 101 East High Street, will provide space for the Division of Police.
According to staff, the projects will be divided into three phases. Phase One consists of renovating 15 South College Avenue. Once this is complete, the City administrative offices will relocate to the renovated space. This will allow Phase Two to begin — the renovation of the first and second floors of the existing Oxford Municipal Building.
Once this space is complete, police operations will move into the renovated space allowing for Phase Three — the renovation of the existing police station.
The city developed plans and specifications for the projects and advertised extensively for bidders. Bids were opened and publicly read at 10:30 a.m. on June 1. The chosen construction contract with Kramer & Feldman, Inc. is for renovation of the former Lane Library only. The city will re-bid renovations for the existing municipal building in the next few months.
The bid with Kramer includes the base bid and alternates two and three, at a cost of $2,658,672. Staff is also requesting a 10 percent contingency for this project in the amount of $265,867, therefore the total amount not to exceed for this contract is $2,924,539.
During council discussion, Vice-Mayor Mike Smith said, “Thank you to everybody who put work into this plan, it has been a very long time coming. We’ve been working on this proposal for at least two years, but we’ve been discussing the topic of the Municipal Building for the past 10-12 years. This is very exciting.”
Council then voted to approve the bid and authorized the city manager to enter into the proposed contract with Kramer and Feldman, Inc.
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