ELKTON — In a bid to ensure that local subcontractors benefit from the $22 million North East Branch Library project, county officials and the project’s general contractor will hold a local vendor awareness session Thursday, May 23, to discuss opportunities.

The Lancaster, Pa.-based general contractor, Wohlsen Construction, in conjunction with the Cecil County Public Library and Bancroft Construction, will hold the session at 2 p.m. May 23 at the Elkton Central Library, located at 301 Newark Ave.

Ground was broken May 11 on the nearly 44,000-square-foot, two-story facility on about 4 acres of land in the North East Station shopping center at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Route 272. It is scheduled to be completed in late 2020.

Subcontractor opportunities are available for site work and excavation, concrete, masonry, structural, roofing, HVAC, millwork, carpentry, roof and siding, doors and frames, glass, drywall, tile, carpet, elevators, landscaping, hardscaping, painting, terrazzo, specialties, plumbing and electric.

All contractors and vendors who are interested in participating on this project are invited to attend the event.

Those unable to attend, but who would still like to participate, are asked to notify Kim Heisler at Wohlsen Construction via at kheisler@wohlsen.com. All interested firms must complete the Wohlsen pre-qualification package, which can be filled out online after contacting Heisler.

Once pre-qualified, local subcontractors will be invited to bid on the project’s facets, starting as early as June, according to officials.

Frazier Walker, community relations manager for CCPL, said that the library wasn't required to hold such an interest session, but officials felt that locals had a lot to offer to the project.

"We know there's a lot of interest in the library and we have a lot of talent in our community, so we wanted to tap into that," she said. "This is a good opportunity to get pre-qualified with Wohlsen for not only the library, but any of their future projects as well."

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