$87 million in contracts face review by trustees

$87 million in contracts face review by trustees

CHAMPAIGN — A package of State Farm Center construction contracts worth almost $87 million has been sent to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees for formal approval this week.

Some initial earth and utility work, such as updating water lines, has already begun, but after the last basketball fan leaves State Farm Center following tonight's home finale against Michigan, the renovation and addition will kick into high gear.

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Highlights of the project include adding air-conditioning, suites and club spaces, new lobbies and locker rooms, bathrooms, concessions, updated entrances and a semicircle drive on the east side of the building.

Here are memos for all the items up for consideration by the trustees.

Trustees approved the $165 million project last year and have awarded several smaller contracts for early preparation work. This latest series of contracts UI staff have recommended represents the largest package to date:

— Grunloh Construction of Effingham ($25 million) for general construction work.

— A&R Mechanical of Urbana ($24 million) for heating, plumbing and ventilation work.

— Oberlander Electric Company of Peoria ($16.2 million) for electrical work.

— Poettker Construction Company of Breese ($12.2 million) for concrete work.

— Penhall Company of Champaign ($5.6 million) for demolition work.

— East Moline Glass Company of East Moline ($3.6 million) for glass and glazing work.

The contracts up for approval encompass work slated to occur in the coming months and through the project's completion, said UI associate athletic director Tom Michael.

Work is expected to wrap up by the start of the 2016-17 basketball season.

"Considering our aggressive timeline, the contractors are anxious and ready to get moving," Michael said.

Trustees meet Thursday at the Illini Union in Urbana to review the proposal.

"Through now and November, it will be a lot of mechanical, behind-the-scenes work," Michael said.

Inside, contractors will remove existing ventilation and, outside, there will be work on the east and west entrances, including demolition of ramps. Also during this phase, the seats in the C section will be replaced.

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Lostinspace wrote on March 04, 2014 at 8:03 am

How much will the basketball program contribute?

Joe American wrote on March 04, 2014 at 1:03 pm

The "basketball program" leases the hall like any other event.

Now, what was your question again?

Lostinspace wrote on March 04, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Still the same question.  Or, put it another way: is any money coming from the university (you know, the place where teaching and research take place; where TAs teach a great number of students, but live on starvation wages). Surely no money comes from that source.

UIUCHoopFan wrote on March 04, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Tonight we bid farewell to our season ticket seats for the past 30 years.....in C section....because we don't give any money to the DIA.  We're stepping away before being invited to leave.  It will always be The Assembly Hall.

We'll be watching from the comfort of home next season and a new 80 inch television screen.  Great parking, close to bathroom facilities, delicious food a few steps away - and best of all - no one telling us where we can and cannot sit.  Go Illini!

Sid Saltfork wrote on March 06, 2014 at 10:03 am

Sorry for your loss.  Hopefully, it will not come to a 10 mile blackout of the games.

State Farm should hold a raffle for two tickets to each game for their Safe Drivers awardees. 

"Pesotum Sec. CCCC Ticket Holder" T-shirts?