SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Public Library will undergo almost $70,000 in repairs to its 113-year-old windows inside of the building's Carnegie section after Sycamore City Council approved a bid from a Chicago-based company at its meeting Monday.
City Council voted 5-0 vote to award a bid to Restoric LLC., a building restoration service, to renovate that section of the Sycamore Public Library, 103 E State St, Sycamore. Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory said the Carnegie section is a functional space.
The Carnegie section is the original library, said Monica Dombrowski, executive director for the Sycamore Public Library. "It was built in 1905 largely from the $10,000 grant from the Carnegie Foundation."
Sycamore Mayor Curt Lang said the upcoming repairs to the Sycamore Public Library have been a long time coming.
Gregory said the city applied for a $75,000 grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in Fall 2018 in order to replace the windows in the Carnegie section.
However, the windows will not be replaced. Instead, they'll be weatherized, which should protect the windows from the effects of weather. Gregory said the project should make the space warmer too. The project should be completed by June 30, according to city documents.
"The process led to an actual restoration of the windows as the Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Unit had required because of the age of the windows they not be replaced but restored," Gregory said.
He said the library went out for bids and did not receive any bids at first.
"But [the library] worked with different vendors and solicited quotes," Gregory said. "Ultimately, they got four different quotes."
The Restoric bid – $69,505 – was the lowest the Sycamore Public Library received.
Gregory said the library has been working with an architect through the bidding process.
"I know that he's been involved in reviewing quotes and ensuring that the services that are being rendered are what the library expects," he said.
Gregory said the library board has done its homework and has had help from Jeff Keppler, a local architect who works for the engineering consulting firm Dewberry.
"He's on the [Sycamore] Architectural Review Committee as well, so we know him and his work," Gregory said. "He's led them through the process and did review each of the firms with the library folks."
Gregory called the project exciting.
"It's an iconic building and it overlooks our downtown," he said.