A kick-off ceremony to mark the start of the new library building’s construction is planned for Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. at the Meyer Road site.
A construction contract has been awarded to Teal Construction Co. of Houston, and Harris County planners will meet with the construction team to firm up project details on Feb. 1, said Rhoda Goldberg, director of the Harris County Library System. A demolition date for the old building, damaged in Hurricane Ike, should be set during that meeting.
Goldberg said she hopes the new library will open its doors in spring 2011.
“I am simply delighted to have this project moving forward,’’ Goldberg said. “The commissioner has been behind this 125 percent and everybody has been working so hard to get this project moving.’’
Library supporters were shocked last October when Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Sylvia Garcia told the crowed gathered at what was supposed to be a groundbreaking celebration that the project was on hold due to lack of funds.
Garcia vowed to find the money and, three weeks later, she got the vote of fellow Harris County commissioners to fund the project.
The $4.9 million price tag on the 20,000-square-foot facility includes a construction bid of $4.4 million and about $500,000 for design development, Goldberg said.
Harris County is footing $3.6 million of the cost, with Seabrook contributing $1.3 million approved by voters in a bond referendum.
The spaghetti dinner fund-raiser, hosted by Friends of Evelyn Meador Library, will raise money for items that are not in the county budget, such as community programs, support materials and aesthetics like artwork.
The dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bay Elementary, 1502 Bayport Boulevard in Seabrook.
The non-profit Friends group also is raising money by selling pavers, book plates and offering sponsorship opportunities such as the community room and a donorship wall.
The new library, which is three times the size of the old building, will have a computer lab, separate children’s space and Friends’ bookstore.
Damaged in Ike
The 20-year-old Evelyn Meador Library on Meyer Road suffered major damage in Hurricane Ike and has since been closed. Storm surge ruined all the cabinets in the building in addition to four feet of sheet rock.
The new library will be built on the same Seabrook property and the current building will be demolished to make room for more parking.
Meanwhile, the library system is serving its Seabrook clients through the Freeman Library in Clear Lake City and the La Porte library.