The construction company set to build the new Silver Spring Library—costing about $60 million—will be announced Fall 2012, according to Director of General Services David Dise.
Currently the library’s final designs are under permit review, a two-month process. While the documents are under review for approval the county is able to prequalify construction companies.
“A request for proposals is [issued] for proposals or applications from any contractor that’s interested in being considered to construct the project. This is the first stage of a two-stage selection process,” Dise said.
During this stage county officials are reviewing the background and experience of the various contractors that have submitted their interest to the project.
Dise says this will give the county a list of contractors that are prequalified in building this type of structure, experience in building in Montgomery County among other qualifying measures.
“Once we have [the] permits we issue an invitation for bid to the prequalified contractors,” he added. “At that point it’s the low bid that wins.”
In October, the contractor building the Silver Spring Library should be announced and construction on building should begin.