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July 18, 2000

Eugene builds a new library

Bidding is about to begin for contractors interested in building a new library for the city of Eugene, Ore. The $32 million structure would total 120,000 square feet in downtown Eugene, more than triple the size of the existing facility.

Rendering of new Eugene library

It would stand four stories above 40,000 square feet of underground parking. The cast-in-place, glass-and-brick design is by Robertson/Sherwood/Architects of Eugene. The Robertson/Sherwood wants the building to operate at 30 percent below local energy efficiency code requirements, for which the structure would receive Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Voters rejected funding twice dating back to 1994 then approved a version in 1998 that combines urban renewal funds and private contributions. Bid documents are expected to become available Aug. 30 for prime bidders. A pre-bid conference has been scheduled for Sept. 13. Bids would be due Oct. 4. The city says the library would open by December 2002.

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