Bend contractor chosen for bond-funded renovation of four Deschutes County libraries

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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Bend-based SunWest Builders was selected Wednesday by the Deschutes Public Library District Board as the construction manager/general contractor for the bond-funded renovation of four locations of library: East Bend, La Pine, Sisters and Sunriver.

The board had previously selected Kirby Nagelhout Construction Company as the CM/GC for the construction of the new Central Library at the north end of Bend and the library in Redmond.

“We continue to be inspired by the dynamic work of local entrepreneurs who are as excited as we are to bring the vision of Deschutes County voters to life,” said Library Director Todd Dunkelberg. “SunWest has been involved in dozens of large-scale construction projects in central Oregon over the past 30+ years. They are committed to the communities in our region, just as we are, and we are confident that they will be essential in helping us ensure county residents have access to the resources and library spaces needed to keep pace. of life in the 21st century.”

Steve Buettner, president and owner of SunWest, said updating four of the county’s libraries to better serve the public aligns well with the company’s focus on creating spaces that enrich the lives of residents. of central Oregon.

“As a local builder in central Oregon, we have a strong commitment to giving back to the community that has supported our business and our families for more than three decades,” Buettner said. “We share the same vision with the Deschutes Public Library in our desire to participate in projects that are significant, long-term community investments that will bring years of use to our growing community.”

In November 2020, Deschutes County voters supported the library’s $195 million bond measure to expand and improve libraries across the county. In addition to updating existing libraries in Downtown Bend, East Bend, La Pine, Sisters and Sunriver, the bond funds the design and construction of an approximately 100,000 square foot central library to serve all residents of the Deschutes County. The bond funds will also pay to double the square footage of the library in Redmond. The CM/GC for the Downtown Bend Library has not yet been selected.

Remodeling of the La Pine and Sisters Libraries is scheduled to begin in late 2022, with work on the East Bend and Sunriver Libraries beginning in early 2023. Central Library Construction – on a 12-acre parcel off Highway 20 and Robal Road – and the Redmond Library will take place in 2023 and 2024. The Downtown Bend Library will be the last to be updated, with construction taking place in late 2024 and early 2025.

Find more information on the Library’s bond financing projects on its website: www.deschuteslibrary.org/about/bond

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