FARMINGTON -- Work on the new Kaysville library took a giant step forward with the selection of a architectural firm for the $4 million project.
The results of recent geotechnical work on the site where the library is to be built also have been revealed.
The Davis County Commission last week awarded a $187,500 contract to FFKR Architects of Salt Lake City for the design of the new county library.
The library is to be built on the old Clover Club Potato Chip factory property at 200 North and Fairfield Road in Kaysville.
Fourteen architectural firms submitted proposals for the project, with the top four ranking companies making presentations to the county for the project, Community and Economic Development Assistant Director Barry Burton said.
"It looked like you gave everybody a fair shot," County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said of the process.
In addition, Burton also provided the commission with the findings of a recent geotechnical soil study conducted on the library site.
"We have a significant amount of fill on that site," Burton said.
With the soil sample study, Burton said, a total of five holes were drilled.
The commission then jokingly asked if during the drilling, were any potato chips found? Burton assured the commission they were not.
Davis County Library Director Chris Sanford said she is glad to have the project under way. Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt, who attended Tuesday's commission meeting, said he too is pleased with the progress.
Whenever two government entities "intermingle" on a project, they can often clash, Hiatt said. But in this particular instance, that has not been the case, as officials with the county and Kaysville city have been able to work together in moving the project forward.
Work on the library is scheduled to start in 2014, and completion is scheduled in 2015.
Construction will be paid for using a separate mill levy homeowners pay to maintain and operate the county's existing seven libraries.