Over 35,000 square feet of carpet throughout the adult services area and technology center is slated to be replaced in January.

Over 35,000 square feet of carpet throughout the adult services area and technology center is slated to be replaced in January.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Troy Public Library will close doors in January for new carpet installation

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published October 16, 2018

 Mismatched carpet squares in the adult services area of the Troy Public Library were used to replace stained or worn spots.

Mismatched carpet squares in the adult services area of the Troy Public Library were used to replace stained or worn spots.

Photo by Donna Agusti

TROY — The Troy Public Library will close its doors for three weeks in January, its slowest time of year, so crews can install new carpet in the adult services area and the technology room.

The City Council unanimously approved a bid waiver and contract at its Oct. 8 meeting for Library Design Associates, the company that provided and installed new carpet in the youth services area last year.

Troy Public Library Director Cathy Russ explained to the council that Library Design Associates was the only company that responded to the request for bids to carpet the youth area last year.

That contract for carpet and installation was for $98,332 to cover approximately 9,900 square feet.

Russ told C & G Newspapers that since Library Design Associates was the only company that responded to the bid request last year, library officials requested the bid waiver this time.

The cost to purchase and install the approximately 35,000 square feet of carpet is $298,862, of which $300,000 was set aside in the library’s capital improvements budget, which is funded by a voter-approved library millage.

The carpet being replaced was installed in 1999.

Russ said library staff asked the companies that had expressed interest initially, but then didn’t bid, why they didn’t bid, and the “universal response” was that they didn’t have the equipment or the expertise to handle all of the library’s shelving — moving the shelves, raising them to carpet underneath and moving the materials.

“Most companies thought the job would take them a really long time and involve a lot of manpower. LDA has the equipment and expertise to do the job and were able to accomplish it on time and on budget,” she said.

“Generally, this council doesn’t like to do bid waivers,” said Mayor Dane Slater at the council meeting. “It was bid out last year, and staff indicated we probably won’t get any more bidders.”

Russ said the carpet installation will prompt the closure of the library, because the rest of the library must serve as a storage and staging area during the project.

She explained that the closure is slated for Jan. 2-20.

“It’s a slower time for the library,” she said.

Russ said that crews plan to work 16-hour days — minus weekends — to complete the project.

She said they are looking into offering limited materials and programming at the Troy Community Center during the project.

“We want to provide some service to the public when closed,” she said.