More Delays for Broward County’s African-American Research Library

More Delays for Broward County’s
African-American Research Library

The lack of an architectural plan has caused yet one more delay for Broward County (Fla.) Library’s proposed $10.9-million African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. BCL Director Samuel F. Morrison on December 6 gave the Miami–Dade firm of PAWA Complex International 14 days to deliver signed and sealed plans—or else.

In a memo to county commissioners, Morrison said that the firm failed to honor a December 1 deadline to deliver project plans needed for the James B. Pirtle Construction Company to proceed. The Miami Herald reported December 12 that the County Commission could fire PAWA if the company fails to meet contractual obligations. In his memo, Morrison said he learned during the summer that PAWA, at present, does not have a state-licensed architect or civil engineer in its employ.

The 52,000-square-foot center had been slated to open by the end of this year. The library will contain more than 75,000 books, photos, and documents, and house 5,000 square feet of exhibition space.

Posted December 18, 2000.