The Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, located at 250 E. 111th St. in the Roseland community, will receive new school additions as well as some interior renovations through a $34.9 million contract that was awarded today by the Board of Commissioners.
The new Performing Arts wing will accommodate various theatrical, instrumental and choral productions as well as house instructional areas and a new library. The Athletic wing includes a competition-size gymnasium and pool, locker rooms, a fitness room and support spaces. This project is designed to achieve “Silver” level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
The contract was awarded to the lowest bidder, F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen LLC, who committed to a minimum of 24 percent minority-owned business participation on the project and a minimum 4 percent women-owned business participation.
The Board also approved bid packages with a total value of just over $8 million for Ogden Elementary School on the city’s Near North Side. The contracts are for masonry and stone; for general trades and carpentry, for curtainwall, glass and metal panels and for waterproofing, dampproofing and sealants.
The Board also approved term agreements for Specialty Consultant firms in the following categories:
- Environmental Consulting Services, 12 firms were recommended, including 4 MBE and/or WBE firms;
- Environmental Consulting Services for Renovation and Demolition projects, 9 firms were recommended, including 4 MBE and/or WBE firms;
- Geotechnical Services, 9 firms were recommended, including 4 MBE firms;
- Surveying Services, 11 firms were recommended, including 6 MBE and/or WBE firms;
- Traffic Study Consulting Services, 11 firms were recommended, including 3 MBE and/or WBE firms;
- Commissioning Services, 7 firms were recommended, including 2 MBE firms;
- Construction Material Testing and Inspection Services, 7 firms were recommended, including 2 MBE firms;
Of the 66 firms recommended, nearly 30 percent are Minority-owned Business Enterprises and 9 percent are Women-owned Business Enterprises.
In other business, the PBC Board approved requests from the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Housing Authority that the PBC undertake security camera projects. Under the projects, the PBC will oversee the installation of security cameras at approximately 40 high school sites and at nearly 60 CHA developments. The Board also approved a request from the CHA to undertake the Authority’s Broadband Upgrade Project.
The PBC manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and its Sister Agencies. Mayor Richard M. Daley serves as the PBC’s chairman. Additional information about the PBC and its projects is available at the agency’s Web site: www.pbcchicago.com.