State announces funding for UI, Parkland projects

The state  this week announced about $2 million of funding for University of Illinois and Parkland College construction projects.

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.

On the UI campus, laboratories and offices on the third floor of the Medical Sciences Building, 506 S. Mathews Ave., U, will be renovated for approximately $1.5 million. The work will include reconfiguring the labs, replacing walls, ceiling and floor finishes, upgrading power and networking capabilities, upgrading the electrical, mechanical, plumbing and ventilation systems.

Some of the work includes building replicas of hospital rooms for pre-med students, according to the university.

The state awarded four contracts for the work. The general construction contract was awarded to Johnco Construction of Mackinaw for $653,700. Electrical work will be performed by Glesco Electric of Urbana for $489,000. A & R Mechanical Contractors of Urbana will do the ventilation work for $215,000. The plumbing portion of the project will be done by Davis-Houk Mechanical of Urbana.

Completion is expected late next summer, according to the UI.

At Parkland College, the campus will receive $500,500 from the state for updates to its heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. That work will be done by Commercial Mechanical Inc. of Dunlap. The project, part of the college's plan to modernize its campus, involves replacing control equipment, wiring, thermostats and associated equipment which will improve operational efficiency.

"These projects will improve a well-used laboratory at the U of I and upgrade the infrastructure at Parkland," Gov. Pat Quinn said in a release. "The projects will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy."

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