CHAMPAIGN — Renovation work on the University of Illinois College of Education building will move forward following the state's release of money for the project.
The Capital Development Board, which oversees non-road construction projects paid for mostly by the state, recently awarded a $1.16 million contract to Mid-States General and Mechanical Contracting Corp. of Decatur. Mid-States will perform a variety of interior and exterior work on the more than 40-year-old building at 1310 S. Sixth St., C. The state is paying for most of the project. However, the university will provide $261,488 toward the renovation.
The work will entail removing and replacing gutters, downspouts and soffit on the east side of the building, replacing a deck plaza "membrane," reconstructing planting beds, renovating exterior masonry walls, replacing some doors, installing new ceilings and fixtures, painting, adding new classroom flooring, signs and improving the fire alarm system.
The project was included in the university's list of approved projects as part of the state's last capital bill from 2010, according to Randy Kangas, the UI's associate vice president for planning and budgeting. That bill included money for the extensive renovation of Lincoln Hall, construction of the new electrical and computer engineering building, plus several other smaller projects, including work at the College of Veterinary Medicine, the chilled water plant, and more.
The Capital Development Board will manage the project.
"University buildings are important parts of our infrastructure and need to be maintained for public safety," Gov. Pat Quinn said in a release announcing the project. It is part of the $31 billion capital construction program dubbed "Illinois Jobs Now." "This project will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy as well," he said.
"This project is an outstanding investment in our community that will help create well-paying jobs and bring important and needed improvements to the University of Illinois," state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, said in the news release. "Upgrading campus buildings helps to ensure our students, faculty, staff and guests are learning and working in a safe environment," she said.