March 09, 2006

Board approves SIUC projects, awards contracts

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today (March 9) approved several construction projects and awarded contracts for other projects on the Carbondale campus.

The board approved the following projects:

• Renovations to the bowling alley and billiards area in the Student Center at an estimated cost of $600,000. The last upgrades to the 16,000-square-foot area occurred in the early 1960s and the bowling lanes are original to the building. The bowling and billiards area of the Student Center attracts more than 67,000 visitors annually.

The renovations include upgrading the electrical, lighting and flooring in both the bowling alley and billiards area, and upgrading lanes, ball return and scoring in the bowling area. The upgrades are necessary to meet industry standards and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Student Center operation funds will pay for the project.

• Replacement of the Student Center roof at an estimated cost of $2 million. The approximately 126,000-square-foot roof is experiencing leaks that require periodic repairs. The current roof dates to 1991 and 1992, and the 10-year warranty is no longer in effect. Student Center operation funds will pay for the project.

• Construction of a 175-space parking lot on University-owned land along the intersection of State and Stoker streets at an estimated cost of $400,000. The lot will serve only the residents of the new Wall & Grand Apartments, which is under construction just east of the new Student Health Center.

The apartment complex, expected to open in August, will house 400 students. University Housing will offer residents the opportunity to pay a premium to utilize this parking lot. The traffic and parking revenue fund and the parking facilities replacement and reserve fund will cover the costs of the project.

The board also awarded contracts for the following projects:

• Installation of an automatic sprinkler system in the Mae Smith residence hall. This is the second of a three-phase project to install sprinkler systems in the three high-rise residence halls on the Carbondale campus.

Each building consists of 17 floors and a basement; there are 16 floors of living space and 400 residence rooms in each building. Sprinkler installation will take place this summer. SIUC Housing Operation funds will pay for the costs of the project. Neely Hall is the final phase, with design and installation occurring in fiscal year 2007 and fiscal year 2008, respectively.

The contracts awarded for the Mae Smith residence hall project were: J & L Robinson Development and Construction Co., Carbondale, general construction, $697,900; Premier Fire Protection, Inc. of Paducah, automatic sprinkler installation, $959,500; and Keith Martin, Inc., Johnston City, electrical work, $437,230.

The board also approved roof replacement projects for University Hall and Trueblood Hall residence halls. Projects will be repaid with SIUC Housing Funds.

Replacement of approximately 26,700 square feet of roof on University Hall is set for this summer. The board awarded the contract to Bartch Roofing Co., Inc., Bridgeton, Mo., for $445,916.

The board awarded the contract to replace the approximately 39,000 square feet of roof on Trueblood Hall to Vaughns Roofing, Inc., Marion, for $426,651.