PBC Board Awards Contract For Collins Academy High School Renovation

Mimi Simon, Public Building Commission, (312) 744-9277

The Board of Commissioners of the Public Building Commission of Chicago awarded a contract for the renovation of the existing Collins High School located at 1313 S. Sacramento Drive in the City’s North Lawndale Community.

The scope of this project includes the conversion of an auto shop into a library/media center and college resource center, interior classroom finishes throughout the Arts Building, new lighting and sound system for the auditorium, new filtration system and main drain for swimming pool, and new paving and landscaping at main entry plazas.

The Collins High School renovation is scheduled to begin in Spring 2011 and the renovation is projected to be complete and open for students in prior to the Fall 2011semester.

The PBC implements an economic sustainability program for each project it takes on that includes bid incentives for the employment of apprentices, and minority and female workers; community hiring and resident workforce requirements; and contract provisions that require minority- and women-owned business participation and local business participation.

A date for community hiring intake will be scheduled in the next few months and it will be posted at the construction site.

This project is funded through the Modern Schools Across Chicago (MSAC) initiative, an innovative program financed through a combination of Chicago Public School bonds and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds.  To date, 19 new new schools and renovations have been completed or are in development by the Public Building Commission.  The MSAC projects developed by the PBC have a current projected surplus of $109 million, or 10.13%.

The Public Building Commission of Chicago manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and its sister agencies. Mayor Richard M. Daley serves as the PBC’s chairman. Erin Lavin Cabonargi serves as the Executive Director of the PBC.  Additional information about the PBC and its projects can be found at www.pbcchicago.com.

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