The board Monday night chose Construction Solutions of Illinois, Inc. from a field of 17 bidders, at a bid of $4,023,426 for the addition of a new village board room and community meeting room to the existing Village administration building located at Route 45 and Nebraska Street. The Alsip company's original bid came in $168,723 higher low bidder Frontier Construction, but officials passed on Frontier due to a lack of experience in projects of this size, in addition to "poor workmanship" and "low quality materials" on past projects, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The construction will also include new public bathrooms, a new lobby, several new offices as well as additional parking and landscaped areas. The Village Board has discussed building a new board room and community meeting room since they sold their former meeting space, Heritage Hall, in January of 2008. Currently, meetings are held in the basement of the police station.Architectural firm The Linden Group will consult on the project, which is slotted for completion in the spring of 2015.
“The Village Board is very pleased to finalize this phase of the administration building expansion," said Mayor Jim Holland. "We are confident that our residents will be very pleased with the quality appearance of the structure planned for our community. The Village Board expects this facility to accommodate community groups, civic groups, homeowners' associations, the Village Board, the Plan Commission and others who need meeting space well into the future."