DACC board to consider final phase of renovation project

DACC board to consider final phase of renovation project

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College officials this week could move forward with the third and final phase of the $5.2 million Mary Miller Center renovation and expansion project.

The Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting is in Vermilion Hall, Room 302, at the campus, 2000 E. Main St. A copy of the agenda and board packet is available online at http://bit.ly/Oee55s.

Trustees will vote on whether to award a $171,300 bid to Johnco Construction of Mackinaw for construction work at the center, and a $35,470 bid to AAA Electric in Terre Haute, Ind., for electrical work.

"They are the low bids," President Alice Jacobs said.

The college received bids from four general contractors and three electrical contractors. Johnco and AAA Electric have been involved in the Phase I and II work as well.

Administrators were pleased with the bids. In a memo to trustees, Mike Cunningham, director of administrative services, said the total cost of the low base and alternate bids is about $24,000 less than DACC's remaining grant funds for the project.

The base bid of the Phase III work includes remodeling a gathering space located in the east-west hallway of the first floor south of the fitness center, according to Cunningham. Workers would install a new floor covering, ceiling tile and grid and paint masonry walls.

Trustees also will consider awarding four alternate bids to remodel the remaining corridors on the east and west sides of the gym. Alternate 1 calls for laying floor tile in the west corridor; Alternate 2 calls for doing the same in the east corridor; Alternate 3 calls for installing new ceiling tile and grid and painting the walls in the west corridor; and Alternate 4 calls for doing the same in the east corridor.

Located on the east side of the campus, the Mary Miller Center houses the math and science divisions as well as the gym, fitness center and locker rooms. The expansion is adding much-needed classroom and office space for the health care and other academic programs, which have seen significant growth in the last decade.

After years of waiting for funding, officials were able to move forward with the project in May 2011 after the state included the necessary capital funding in its budget.

The first phase included building a 6,200-square-foot addition on the north side of the center housing two multipurpose spaces, locker rooms and additional storage, and converting existing space into four classrooms, three offices, a conference room and storage.

The second phase included building a 3,900-square-foot addition on the southeast side housing two classrooms and two offices, and installing a new HVAC and geothermal system and solar panels in the new sections that will make the entire center more energy-efficient.

"It's moving along," Jacobs said of the work, which is on schedule. "We hope to have a dedication in the fall."

Jacobs said the Phase III work will pretty much complete the renovation. She said the college still could do landscaping in the future.

"We're certainly grateful to have the resources to do this needed renovation and expansion," said Jacobs, who thanked local state leaders — particularly Sen. Mike Frerichs and retired Rep. Bill Black — for their efforts in securing the funding. "We're especially appreciative that the capital dollars have been coming on a timely basis to pay for the construction."

Also at the meeting, trustees will vote on whether to award a $20,020 bid to Insight of Tempe, Ariz. for 26 desktop computers. It offered the lowest qualified bid.

The equipment is included on DACC's capital equipment list for the 2013 fiscal year.

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