DACC board to vote on bids for renovation at Hoopeston site

DACC board to vote on bids for renovation at Hoopeston site

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College could begin renovating its new satellite site in Hoopeston soon.

But first trustees must vote on whether to approve several construction bids for the project, estimated to cost $596,399 including architectural and engineering and contingency fees. They could do that at their meeting on Tuesday.

"We're pleased with them," administrative services director Mike Cunningham said of the bids, which were a little higher than estimated. "I think they're probably correct. On a job that's a complete renovation, it's kind of hard to estimate."

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/Vw3Hve.

Under a recommendation by Cunningham, trustees would approve a $294,263 general contracting bid from McDowell Builders of Sidell; a $63,450 electrical bid from AAA Electric of Terre Haute, Ind.; and a $58,143 plumbing bid from Venture Mechanical of Danville.

Trustees also would approve an $88,610 mechanical bid from Reliable Mechanical of Savoy; and an $11,933 bid from Prairie Fire Sprinkler Inc. of Decatur.

Because the base bids came in higher than anticipated, Cunningham is recommending that two alternate options — installing new siding and paving the gravel parking area at the rear of the building — be put off at this time.

President Alice Jacobs said she's excited to be at this point. "We hope to be able to offer classes in September," she said. "To do that, we need to award the bids in January."

DACC officials announced last June that it will open the satellite site at 847 E. Orange St., Hoopeston, to improve access to higher education to residents in northern Vermilion County and southern Iroquois County.

Other community partners include what's now the Carle-Hoopeston Regional Health Center, which donated the building, and the Hoopeston Area Healthcare Foundation, which donated $50,000 to develop the site and another $156,000 to provide scholarships to students going into health care fields. The project also is being supported through other donations.

The site will offer general education course including college transfer and career/technical courses; dual-enrollment courses for high school students; and continuing education courses. It will also offer courses that are designed for seniors; College for Kids courses; English as a Second Language and adult education courses; and contracted corporate and business training courses.

The building, which formerly housed the medical center's business office, will be remodeled to have four classrooms and a computer lab, offices, a reception area, gathering area and restrooms. Currently, the interior walls support a flat roof, Cunningham said. So, a portion of the roof must be removed in order to move the walls, and then a sloped roof will be put back on.

If the contracts are approved on Tuesday, Cunningham said the work could begin in three to four weeks.

Also at the meeting, trustees will vote on whether to approve a supplemental list of capital equipment for the 2013 fiscal year. The original list was approved last June.

Most of the items include replacing nearly 150 of the oldest office computers and laptops used by staff, more than 120 computers in six computer labs and smart boards, projectors and other technology.

Jacobs said it also includes equipment for DACC's new writing center, which will be moved from the Clock Tower building's second floor to a more prominent location on the first floor. In addition, the list includes new cameras and video-monitoring equipment that will beef up security on campus.