Ground Officially Broken on White Rock Library and Youth Activity Center

Current and former County Councilors, County Administrator Harry Burgess, LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt, Chair Denny Erickson of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee, Ellen Ben-Naim of the Los Alamos County Library Board and Manager Dan Saxton of Metzger’s broke ground this afternoon on the White Rock Library and Youth Activity Center Project at the Corner of Sherwood Boulevard and N.M. 4. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Council Chair Geoff Rodgers addresses the crowd at today’s groundbreaking ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Community members and officials gathered this afternoon for the White Rock Library and Youth Activity Center Project Groundbreaking at the Corner of Sherwood Boulevard and N.M. 4.

The Los Alamos County Council hosted the festive event, which was emceed by Council Chair Geoff Rodgers. White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee Chair Denny Erickson and Ellen Ben-Naim of the Los Alamos County Library Board spoke at the event.

The White Rock Library/Youth Activity Center is an approved project budgeted within the FY2013 Capital Improvement Program funds. This design-build agreement approval is within the allocated project budget. The total project budget is $5,373,805, which includes the contract to Bradbury Stamm and RMKM plus utilities, commissioning, technology infrastructure, moving and project management costs, as well as a 1 percent required allocation for Art in Public Places.

The first Public Open House/Design review forum for this project was Feb. 13 at the Town Hall Complex in White Rock. The next review forum was March 6, to show implementation of comments from the first review and the final design was reviewed by Council March 25.

The design build team has a goal of construction completion by the end of this year, however, County staff stated a spring 2015 completion is more realistic. The contract allows for an early summer 2015 completion.

 White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee Chair Denny Erickson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Ellen Ben-Naim of the Los Alamos County Library Board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Library System Manager Steven Thomas discusses plans for the new White Rock Library. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Chamber Director Katy Korkos, center, speaks with Michelle Jacques-Ortiz who represented Sen. Tom Udall at today’s groundbreaking ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

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