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Bids opened on new Breaux Bridge library

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Bids for the construction of the new public library in Breaux Bridge were opened Thursday, Oct. 31, at a meeting at the parish library in St. Martinville.
Architect Glenn Angelle read aloud the proposals submitted by five contractors at precisely 2 p.m., the official deadline for submission.
With a budget of $3,200,000, the contenders offered the following bid proposals ranked from low to high:

•Cangelosi Ward General Contractors, LLC – $3,059,900;
•MAPP Construction, LLC – $3,076,000;
•J.F. Juge Construction Co., Inc. – $3,117,000;
•Rudick Company, Inc. – $3,117,400;
•E.L. Habetz Builders, Inc. – $3,384,000.

Angelle said the bids will be taken under advisement by the Library Board and that the company awarded the project will be announced at a board meeting at the Breaux Bridge Public Library, 102 Courthouse St., Monday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m.
The plan is to replace the current 4,108-square-foot structure, which has been serving city since 1956, with one that will be three times that size at 12,558 square feet. Exterior features will include the construction of a 25-car parking lot behind the Ag Building, the removal of overhead utility lines, underground drainage, new sidewalks and lighting and the preservation of an existing live oak tree, a major architectural element, which will be complimented with focused exterior lighting. While the library will feature scale, brick and roof colors similar to that of the Ag Building, modern touches will be added to give the library a fresh look and appeal.
Construction is set to begin in January 2014 with a completion date expected in early 2015. During construction the library will be temporarily relocated at 924 Rees Street in the Park Place Shopping Center near Winn Dixie. For additional information, contact St. Martin Parish Library Director Charlar Brew at (337) 394-2207 or at cbrew@state.lib.la.us.

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