The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 10, 2013

County board to consider building project bids

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Project bids will be the main items of business for the Vermilion County Board Tuesday at its monthly meeting.

Board members will vote on awarding contracts on projects involving the Public Safety Building, the Vermilion County Courthouse and Henning Road.

For the Vermilion County Courthouse, the low bid award is the first step in fixing a continuing problem with leaks in the roof of the century-old building.

The roof consists of a bottom of concrete followed by layers of ballast material, wood planking and insulation that is topped with a membrane. The set-up was commonplace when the roof was installed around a quarter century ago.

The board’s property committee, in bidding out the project, opted to simply replace the top layers of the current roof using water-resistant sheeting and adhering a material membrane on top of that.

Vermilion County Board Chairman Gary Weinard said bids were opened Friday afternoon in the county auditor’s office.

He said a bid award would not be announced until the auditor could go through the bids to ensure the language meets the specifications of the project.

Building and grounds supervisor Mark Cravens has estimated the county could get as many as 15-20 years out of that repair method.

Bids also were opened Friday afternoon for masonry and tuck-pointing work on the original walls of the Public Safety Building with the winning bid not available until Monday at the earliest.

For the Henning Road work, the project’s low bid came in at $1.8 million from Duce Construction in Champaign.

County highway engineer Doug Staske said the work is on a section of Henning Road stretching from U.S. Route 136 through the village of Henning to County Road 3100N.

He said the project — which is intended to begin on April 1 — will include widening the roadway as well as new drainage and surfacing.