Wednesday, May 1, 2013
District 86's general contractor said the low number of subcontractors bidding on several summer-improvement packages is actually due to a construction market on the rise and a corresponding lack of desire by firms to take on small-scope projects.
The District 86 Board of Education approved the summer construction bids recommended by its general contractor last week despite two board members being unhappy with two one-bid packages and a request from a future board member to postpone the vote until the new board is seated. Board members voted 5-2 on April 22 to approve the selected subcontractors, who are expected to carry out about $1.1 million in construction work the board budgeted for this summer, including main hall renovations at both Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South, a new girls locker room at South, and new exhaust fans at Central. Dianne Barrett and Richard Skoda casted the “no” votes. Both dissenters said receiving only one bid on two of the eight packages—electrical …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The District 86 projects will include main hallway renovations at both campuses and a renovated girls locker room at Hinsdale South.
The year after major construction work took place at both campuses, summer 2013 facilities work at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South is expected to cost District 86 about $1.7 million, according to an administration report discussed at Monday night’s board of education meeting. The cost of the summer’s planned designed construction projects, which include main hall renovations at both schools, an expanded and renovated girls locker room at South, and new exhaust fans in the Central gym, is estimated by District 86 officials to be about $1.1 million, not to exceed $1.6 million. The cost estimate for non-design construction work such asbestos removal, transformer repair, and sidewalk repair is $140,250, and design-only costs like those for…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Business owners say sales were down between 30 and 50 percent during construction. They're hoping customers will return now that the project is near over.
Construction on 75th Street is slated to end this month after 8 months of lane closures and traffic delays. "We are in completion stage [of the project] doing final striping and clean-up," DuPage County Board Vice Chairman John Curran told Patch. "Three lanes are open in each direction, and traffic is back to normal. It should be done by end of this week." Why 75th Street? The main objective of the project was to widen 75th Street from two lanes in each direction to three lanes between Woodward and Lyman Avenues. Additional road work has included: The project was needed to improve safety and design, say officials, noting that there were 91 reported accidents at Lemont and 75th Street from 2009 to 2011. Business Owners Speak Out Wendy …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The district's contractor says there might be a couple of minor tasks that won't be ready for Aug. 22, but will be completed shortly thereafter during off-hours.
Summer construction at Hinsdale South and Hinsdale Central will be completed in time for District 86’s first day of school on Aug. 22, save for a couple of minor items that might have to be completed during the first weekend of the school year, a representative of the district's contractor said Monday night. “It doesn’t look too great … from outside,” Doug Lim of Gilbane, Inc., said of the construction projects. “But I assure you, come [next] Wednesday, school’s going to be open and everything’s going to be pretty much done.” The concrete curbs, sidewalks, and asphalt paving of the two schools' driveways are the most noticeable things that still need to be completed by Gilbane and its subcontractors, Lim said. Gilbane expects the driveways…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Construction on both began Monday.
Darien and Woodridge drivers traveling through Lisle can expect some delays near the village's commuter train station. On Monday, maintenance work began on the commuter station's underground pedestrian tunnel as well as the Main Street railroad underpass, which is located between Burlington Avenue and Front Street. Both restoration projects include the removal and replacement of deteriorated tunnel ceiling panels. Officials said work should be complete by the end of August. Officials said the traveling public should expect some delays in this area during the work, however, tunnels will remain open to pedestrian traffic.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The district plans to begin looking into other financing options for construction projects since it won't find out until late spring or early summer if it got a state grant.
Cass School District 63 has yet to hear whether the state will award it as much as $2.4 million in grant money this year. But with the summer construction season arriving soon, the district has begun thinking of alternative revenue sources so it could still begin planned improvements to the early childhood wing at Concord Elementary School. “We’re trying to line things up because we don’t want to be surprised by the state,” Superintendent Kerry Foderaro said at Tuesday’s school board meeting. “(Whether) they don’t give us anything, they give us $2 million or anywhere in between.” He suggested the board look into refinancing existing debt to generate up to $2 million in liquid cash for the district to spend on the early childhood wing and…
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Construction is expected to continue through October.
Expect major construction to widen and resurface 75th Street to begin in late March or April, county officials said Wednesday. The county held an informational open house about the project at Village Greens Golf Course. On display were graphics depicting the changes to be made to 75th Street, including a proposed bike path and sidewalk reconstruction. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures in either direction as the work gets underway, though two lanes should be open in each direction at night and on weekends throughout the project, said Christopher Snyder, county engineer. At the 75th Street and Lemont Road intersection, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction for about three weeks during both the first and second …
Friday, February 10, 2012
The widening and resurfacing project will kick off next week.
Construction to widen and resurface 75th St. starts next week, though drivers won't have to deal with lane closures or heavy construction just yet. The project will get off to a slow start, according to Kent Kuper, principal civil engineer for the DuPage County Division of Transportation. Crews will work to get temporary traffic signals in place starting Monday, with the widening of 75th Street from Lyman Avenue in Darien to Woodward Avenue in Woodridge to follow. With the addition of a third lane in either direction, crews will add a second left turn lane at the 75th Street and Lemont Road intersection and a right turn lane at 75th Street and Lyman Avenue. A bike path along the south side of 75th Street will be added, as well. 75th …