State releases $1.6 million for UI construction projects

State releases $1.6 million for UI construction projects

URBANA — The state on Thursday released nearly $1.6 million for several construction projects on the University of Illinois campus.

The projects include replacing and repairing windows in the main library and updating heating and air conditioning systems in the College of Law building and Everitt Lab, home to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The projects are part of the state's capital construction program, called Illinois Jobs Now!, signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2009. The projects will be managed by the Illinois Capital Development Board.

The Main Library project includes replacing and repairing windows, repointing brick and stone, cleaning stone work in the courtyard and replacing art glass windows in the reading room. Grunloh Construction of Effingham will handle the $1.02 million project.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning system controls will be upgraded at the law building and Everitt Lab. Central Illinois Electrical Services of Bartonville will perform that work for $574,370.

"It's important that we maintain the buildings at the state's flagship institution of higher learning," Quinn said in a release. "By doing so, we help maintain our infrastructure and employ a number of construction workers, which also helps the local economy."

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yeahokay wrote on November 07, 2013 at 5:11 pm

If only we could free up some money to fix UI owned roads... like First Street! 

Sid Saltfork wrote on November 09, 2013 at 8:11 am

The State of Illinois is broke?