Members of the Hillsboro Public Library Board and their architect opened eight tightly-grouped bids on Wednesday, March 10, to complete renovation work at the former downtown bank building that board members hope will be the new library by the end of the year.
Architect Jared Heller of Farnsworth Group will review the eight bids and make sure the low bidder meets requirements and specs before recommending awarding a contract at the next library board meeting.
Bids ranged from a low of $1.159 million from Diamond Design and Construction of Bloomington–just slightly above the architect’s estimate–to a high of $1.410 million from Morrissey Construction Company of Godfrey.
The six bids in the middle were all within a tight ten percent range: $1.236 million from Hunter Construction Services of Belleville, $1.256 million from Bruce Unterbrink Construction of Greenville, $1.267 million from Jun Construction of Godfrey, $1.299 million from Grunloh Construction of Effingham, $1.3 million from Interior Construction Services of St. Louis, and $1.341 million from R.W. Boeker Company of Hamel.
Each bidder also included an alternate bid for better quality shelf tops. More than half of the renovation costs will be paid by a $643,000 public library construction grant, awarded last fall by the Illinois Secretary of State.
Board members Carolyn Meier, Judy Albracht, Tish Spelbring and Dr. Barb Mulch were present at the bid opening.
“This would be a great time to donate to Friends of the Library,” board President Mulch said near the end of the meeting. “We want to make sure the building is properly furnished when it opens.”
Donations can be sent to Friends of the Library, PO Box 51, Hillsboro, IL 62049.