The Library Board says no local architect was as qualified as the one they picked in Tallahassee to design a new local library here. The same Lowndes County Commission that just a month ago reappointed three members of the Library Board votes tomorrow evening on this bid selection.
Brittany D. McClure wrote for the VDT today, Library board selects architects: New main branch to be located at Five Points development
Clemons Rutherford & Associates (CRA) was chosen by the library
board as the firm that will lead the design team for the new main library branch that will be moving next to the new municipal auditorium at Five Points.
Lowndes County Commissioners will vote Tuesday on the selection.
“The selection committee felt that the firm that was selected was the most qualified for the project as well as had the lowest estimate,” said Chad McLeod, Lowndes County project manager.
Though the selection process for agencies was directed by Lowndes County, the library board had input in the selection.
“The process to build the library began nearly three years ago at the county’s urging,” said Kay Harris, Library Board chairman.
Requests For Proposals (RFP’s) were advertised for 30 days, with 35 RFP’s requested by various agencies and architectural firms. Ten completed RFP’s were submitted to the county.
And when do we the taxpayers get to see these ten completed RFPs? Not unless somebody files an open records request and somebody else makes them available: it’s the county way!
OK, so why was CRA selected?