Extras Added to Plan for Naperville Library

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Byline: Beth Sneller Daily Herald Staff Writer

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CORRECTION/date 04-19-2002: To correct a story in Thursday's editions, groundbreaking for Naperville's third library will be at 2 p.m. April 28.

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Since it's costing less to build a third facility than Naperville library officials anticipated, the libraries board will be adding a few features to the planned library.

The libraries board voted 8-1 Wednesday to pay Schaumburg-based Power Construction $11.3 million to build the long-awaited third library.

The library will be along 95th Street and east of Route 59 in south Naperville.

In addition to the Naperville project, Power has already been contracted to build another library in Elmhurst and has done work at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

"They're well-respected in the industry," board President Paul Hellermann said.

With supplies and architects' fees added in, the library is on track to cost a total of $15.8 million.

Power Construction's original bid for the project came in just under $11 million. The board had budgeted $11.3 million for construction, which meant it could add a few extras.

Those extra features include a terra cotta tile exterior on the front of the building rather than a metal front, more landscaping on the library's grounds and at its entrance and special glazing on some windows. …