The Board of Commissioners of the Public Building Commission (PBC) today approved contract awards for the construction of the Southeast Area Elementary School and the Dunne Technology Academy Modernization projects on the South Side.
In addition to providing new and modern academic space and 21st century learning facilities for students, the projects are expected to create hundreds of construction jobs, including local community hires, and provide millions of dollars in contracts to minority and women-owned businesses.
The board approved the $30.02 million construction contract with George Sollitt/Oakley Joint Venture for the Southeast Area Elementary School located at 3930 East 105th Street in the East Side community.
The new 111,000 square foot, three-story school will help ease overcrowding at other area schools on the Southeast Side and bring a 1,200 student capacity school with 44 academic classrooms, three computer labs, three science classrooms, two art classrooms, two music rooms, kitchen and dining facilities, a gymnasium with a stage, a library, and administrative suite. The school will be completed in time for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
The PBC anticipates that this project will create an estimated 719 jobs inclusive of community hires and at a minimum, approximately $8.59 million in contracts will go to minority-owned businesses and approximately $2.03 million will go to women-owned businesses, exceeding the minimum goals set for these projects.
The Board also approved $4.84 million base construction contract with Powers and Sons Construction Co. for the Dunne Technology Academy Modernization Project, at 10845 South Union in the Roseland community.
The project will bring a new annex to Dunne, and included adding one science and one pre-engineering classroom that will enhance Dunne’s STEM curriculum. Other work will include a gymnasium and a link to the existing school building. The current school building will undergo renovations that will provide upgraded facilities. The project also includes a new play lot and an artificial turf field to the school and will be completed in time for the start of the 2015-2016 school year.
The PBC anticipates that this project will create an estimated 427 jobs inclusive of community hires and at a minimum, approximately $1.46 million in contracts will go to minority-owned businesses and approximately $525,770 will go to women-owned businesses, exceeding the minimum goals set for these projects.
PBC is building these projects on behalf of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The new buildings will help ease overcrowding and bring enhanced facilities for students. The PBC has successfully completed a number of new CPS schools and annexes across the city, helping to improve the learning environment for students.