Library Board selects architects to design library – News – Pine Bluff Commercial – Arkansas News

Library Board selects architects to design library – News – Pine Bluff Commercial – Arkansas News

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library Board of Trustees have selected Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects to design the new Pine Bluff library building.

The trustees chose the Little Rock-based Polk Stanley Wilcox from among 12 architectural firms who submitted requests for qualifications to design the new library building.

“This is a great thing that is going to happen,” interim library director Taylor Eubank said. “We’ve got a chance for the Pine Bluff library to be transformative architecture.”

Eubank said the library trustees are also getting Pine Bluff architect Fred Reed in this package with Polk Stanley Wilcox. He said Polk Stanley Wilcox designed the Hillary Clinton Learning Center in Little Rock, the Central Arkansas Library System in Little Rock, the Arkansas Studies Institute and the Conway Library.

“This company seemed to be a good fit,” Eubank said.

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library Board president Tommy Brown said the library trustees will negotiate with Polk Stanley Wilcox to see if they can arrive at a mutually acceptable contractual agreement for a cost of services. They would then enter into a contract.

“If we cannot agree, then we move to the next architectural firm,” Brown said. “I am 90 percent sure we will make an agreement with Polk Stanley Wilcox. Our negotiations will not take place overnight. We want to move with all due haste. We want a new library as promptly as possible for the betterment of our community.”

These developments come after voters approved a 3.0-mill tax increase to raise $14 million in November 2016 to construct a new…

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