December 11, 2003

Board approves contracts for residence halls projects

by Tom Woolf

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today (Dec. 11) awarded a contract for the second phase of energy conservation improvements to residence halls on the Carbondale campus' east side.

Martin Electric of Johnston City submitted the low bid of $715,720 to replace lighting and related electrical components throughout the east campus residence halls. Work will begin in March and take about eight months to complete.

The $3.16 million first phase of the project involved installation of a new chilled water distribution system for the air conditioning and construction of a 4,800-square-foot building to house the chillers.

The original budget for the total project was $6.1 million.

The board also awarded a $657,115 contract for the replacement of screens and windows in the student rooms of the 17-story Schneider Hall to low bidder Koch Corp. of Louisville, Ky.

The original budget for the project was $1.4 million. However, project designers developed an alternative installation process for the windows. That, combined with current economic conditions in the local construction industry, resulted in favorable bids.

Work will begin late next spring or early summer with completion expected by the end of summer.