Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New UIS Public Safety Building is another budget casualty

University of Illinois Springfield officials are concerned that contracts for its new Public Safety Building may have to be rebid, further delaying a project they say is sorely needed.

The $5.3 million project went out for bids in November, and “the bids came in and we were all ready to go,” said Chuck Coderko, director of construction for UIS. “Then the governor stopped everything and it was put on hold pending funding.”

Since Gov. Bruce Rauner’s order that the Capital Development Board hold up construction projects until a budget is hammered out, the bids received by UIS technically have expired, Coderko said.

“The bids are only good for so long,” he said. “The Capital Development Board can still ask the contractors to honor those bids, and sometimes they do. The contractors seemed eager to get this thing going.”

Money for the project was appropriated in late 2011, but delays in the design process resulted in bids being sought only last year.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on July 28, 2015.

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