Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The City of Appleton Common Council has awarded a contract to Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) for design and engineering services for the Appleton Public Library at its current location.

Last December, a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) was presented to the Library Board of Trustees and City Council. The input received from those meetings, as well as from a public listening session, was incorporated into the document and an RFP for design and engineering services for a new or remodeled library was released with submissions due early February. Eleven proposals were received and distributed to the review committee:

Mayor Jake Woodford
Alderperson William Siebers, City of Appleton Common Council
Dean Gazza, City of Appleton
Colleen Rortvedt, City of Appleton
Paula Vandehey, City of Appleton
Karen Harkness, City of Appleton
Cameron Green, City of Appleton
Tasha Saecker, City of Appleton
Rebecca Kellner, APL Board President
Nancy Scheuerman, APL Building and Equipment Chair
Don Hietpas, Friends of Appleton Public Library

Proposals were evaluated according to the terms in the RFP and firms with the top proposals were interviewed. Following interviews, reference calls, and discussion among the panel, the firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was unanimously selected by the review team to be recommended for award of the contract. The proposal also received the full support of the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees.

Upon hiring SOM for architectural and engineering services, numerous input-gathering sessions will be conducted during the design process. These sessions will incorporate as much information as possible toward all aspects of the design. More information, including opportunities for public input, will be provided in the coming weeks. To stay up-to-date on the Appleton Public Library building project and upcoming public input opportunities, please visit the library's planning homepage.