Jun 19, 2012 7:54 PM by Q2 Amanda Venegas
BILLINGS - The sweet sound of progress fills the air where the new Parmly Billings Library will soon stand.
"Oh my gosh, it's amazing how much gets done everyday," said Leslie Modrow, Parmly Billings Library Foundation Development Director about the changes at 4th Ave. N. And N. 29th St.
Modrow is overjoyed at what's she's witnessed outside her office window.
"Right now what you're watching is the excavation of clay.... They are taking it out and putting in this compact that will then be the basis for the foundation for the new library," Modrow said.
The dirt work should be done by the end of the week and Modrow says crews are ahead of schedule.
"We're where we need to be to be able to meet our deadline of December 2013," Modrow said.
On the planning side, the board and city are close to selecting a contractor to build the $18 million library.
"They'll be able to start work in July and once they get in and can take over, it's rock and roll, let's get going on a new library,"Modrow said.
But before they can start, the public is invited to be part of next week's groundbreaking ceremony.
"We're going to do an outline in linking hands of the new library and we're going to have a photograph taken," Modrow said about the plans to take a community picture.
Modrow says that snapshot in time will document the next chapter in the colorful history of the Parmly Billings Library.
"It's just a representation of our community together for the betterment of Billings and being able to say yes we voted for this new library and we're excited for the future of our community," Modrow said.
The groundbreaking ceremony is planned Thursday, June 28 at 5 pm at the library in downtown Billings.
The library board is inching closer to selecting a general contractor to oversee construction of the $18 million facility.
Bids were opened Tuesday and a total of eight construction firms applied to build the new library. One company was from Colorado and the remaining seven are from Montana, with two companies from Billings. The library board hopes to have a contractor selected by next week and start work in July.