Cedar Park: City Amends Architectural Contract for New Public Library
Feature Illustration: Concept renderings of the Bell Development District, including the circular park (images on right) where the new library would be located. Courtesy: City of Cedar Park.
by Art Benavidez
Cedar Park (Williamson County) — The city amended its architectural contract for the new Cedar Park Public Library, at last week’s meeting of the City Council.
The new agreement gives San Antonio-based Lake|Flato Architects Inc. an additional $506,500 to their $3.11 million contract, which the city had approved last December.
In February, VBXreported that the city was seeking resident input regarding the library. Since then, an additional 7,000 square feet have been added to the scope of work.
The amendment comprises two components, the first includes the design necessary to increase the size of the library from 40,000 square feet to 47,000 square feet, an increase of $358,500 in additional construction services.
The new library will be a multi-story building.
The second component includes the services necessary to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification resulting in $148,000 of the $506,500 amendment in services.
The additional funding for construction was also approved during the meeting in the form of 2021 Certificates of Obligation.
The new Cedar Park Public Library will be located in the southern portion of the city’s Bell District on Bell Boulevard (U.S. Highway 183), the primary north-south corridor for Cedar Park, between Buttercup Creek Boulevard and Park Street.
The Bell District will allow the library project to be created with civic identity, while servicing the entire community, and help maintain space flexibility and leverage the site’s natural beauty, according to the city.
The 40-acre Bell Development District, outlined with red border, would have a public library to the south in one of the blue tracts. Courtesy: City of Cedar Park.
Construction of the $20.5 million to $22 million library is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2022 with an opening anticipated for spring of 2024.
Austin-based JE Dunn Construction is the construction manager for the project.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.