Concrete contract up for approval on State Farm Center project

CHAMPAIGN — Little by little, contract by contract, the State Farm Center renovation is moving forward.

Earlier this fall the university signed several contracts totaling $10 million for utility and earth work, to prepare the site for the addition of air conditioning and other upgrades planned as part of the $165 million renovation.

On Friday, a concrete contractor is expected to be brought on to the project. The university has tapped Grunloh Construction of Effingham to handle concrete work associated with the project. The work is expected to begin in February.

Grunloh's contract is worth just over $12 million. An executive committee of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees will vote to approve the contract formally at a meeting Friday.

In the last week, a construction fence has gone up around the southeast parking lot around the State Farm Center. That lot will be the staging ground for the project.

In addition to adding air conditioning to the building, renovation plans call for adding more student seats, new lobbies and locker rooms, updated entrances on the east and west sides and a semicircle drive on the east side of the building. Inside, the State Farm Center will eventually feature a new box office, club space for the Orange Krush student group, more bathrooms, concession areas and more.

The contracts the university has awarded so far on the renovation:

Architect:AECOM of Los Angeles, $13.1 million.

Construction management: Turner Construction Company of Chicago, $9.5 million.

Earth retention work: Thatcher Foundations, Gary, Ind., $3.4 million.

Electrical: Rathje Enterprises, doing business as Bodine Electric, Decatur, $2,216,230.

Site utilities work: Stark Excavating, Champaign, $1,3 million.

Heating: A&R Mechanical Contractors, Urbana, $953,000.

Plumbing: A&R Mechanical Contractors, Urbana, $940,000.

Demolition: Robinette Demolition, Oakbrook Terrace, $797,885.

General work: Grunloh Construction of Effingham, $734,000.

Ventilation: King-Lar Company, Decatur, $611,000.

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