FARMINGTON — Construction should finally start on the new Kaysville Branch Library, possibly within a few weeks.
That reality follows approval Tuesday by the Davis County Commission of a construction bid of $3,594,500 from Centerville’s Ascent Construction.
“It’s a little over the architect’s estimate, but within our budget,” said Barry Burton, project manager and Davis County Planning Department Director.
Originally, county officials hoped to start construction nearly two months ago. That was held up by “considerable concern over some issues with the site,” Burton said.
A second geo-technical study received Friday, June 6, gave officials assurances that “we’re confident we can proceed,” he said. “There will have to be some changes in the way we do some of the footings and foundations, but other than that, we’re good to go.”
Many years ago, a stream flowed underneath the site, as the natural path of Holmes Creek moved through there. The creek was intercepted and piped to 200 North. The site on 2nd North and Fairfield Road was among the first to see construction 150 years ago, as brickyards, mills and more dotted the site.
For decades, it housed the home of Clover Club Foods. Today, it has been converted into Kaysville’s Heritage Park.
The old piping was abandoned, Burton said. That created some issues with the stream bed, with “very loose soils” having to be dealt with.
“There’s nothing more than the groundwater we knew and expected to found. There is no underground stream or anything of that nature,” he said.
In addition to a delay for completion of the second geo-technical study, it also will take some extra time to redesign some of the foundation, underground aspects, Burton said.
“The techniques that will need to be employed to overcome challenges with soil will take a little longer,” he said. “You are never going to see any of this once the project is done. It will all be underground.”
The floor plan isn’t changed, the look of the building isn’t changing. But the foundation will be more secure and solid.
“As long as we get this thing moving, I’ll be happy,” Burton added.
“We’re ready to make it happen, see it completed in the summer of 2015,” said County Commissioner Louenda Downs. “We’ve worked very closely with Kaysville. They have a great interest in this library. It’s always been a community very supportive of libraries.”
Kaysville started its own library in 1920, fully a quarter century before the county library was started, originally housed in Davis High School.
She expressed thanks for the “substantial donation” from the Roy and Tibby Simmons Foundation, for which the auditorium will be named.
“I think it will be an opportunity to bring the past and the future together,” Downs said of the library. “Libraries are where we read about the past, and are updated so we can enjoy the future (and technology) as well.”
She emphasized the “labor of love” and efforts of many who “have worked hard to make this happen.”