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St. Paul construction firm lands Farmington Library renovation job

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A St. Paul-based general contractor Thursday was gearing up to start work on exterior renovations at the Farmington Public Library after winning a bid from Dakota County.

Parkos Construction Co.'s bid of $321,500 was the winner among six competitors vying to renovate the main entrance and perform other exterior improvements at the library, which has temporarily moved next door to Farmington City Hill during renovations.

The job, part of a $2 million project to renew and expand the Dakota County Library facility, includes exterior finish improvements and concrete and electrical work on the main entrance as well as on the north elevation of the building.

The overall project is expected to wrap up by July. It includes not only the renovation of the existing library, but also the incorporation of 3,500 adjacent square feet which had formerly been leased by Independent School District 192.

Changes include new children's and teen areas, new tech zone for computer users and an enlarged and improved staff work room. One new restroom will also be added.

CHN Architects of Apple Valley, Minn., are the architects on the entrance project.