Monday, June 24, 2024

Northchase public library construction contract awarded for $9.3M

Monteith Construction will build the Northchase library, the fifth branch in the community, slated to open in 2025. (Courtesy New Hanover County)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A fifth branch of the New Hanover County Public Library is one step closer to becoming a reality.

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With unanimous approval from the county commissioners, excluding Jonathan Barfield, who was absent from the meeting, the construction contract for the proposed 19,941-square-foot Northchase library has been authorized. 

The project cost is estimated to be $13 million, including a $95,000 allocation for public art, in addition to construction expenses, furniture, fixtures, and equipment. 

Monteith Construction has been contracted, out of six bids received in April, for the project for $9.3 million.

The library, to be located at the intersection of North College Road and Northchase Parkway, will include a multimedia social room, a dedicated gaming area, children’s pavilion, and, as commissioner Rob Zapple humorously remarked during the meeting, “plenty of room for books.”

David King, senior facilities coordinator for New Hanover County, emphasized that the space will be thoughtfully designed to maximize natural light. 

The library is anticipated to be completed in 2025. 

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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