PBC To Construct New Field School

Terry Levin, (312) 744-9277

The Public Building Commission of Chicago has formally accepted the request of the Board of Education to oversee construction of the new Field Elementary School in Rogers Park.

At its November monthly meeting, the PBC board agreed to undertake construction of the school, with the goal of having the new building open for students and staff in time for the 2003-04 school year, according to PBC executive director Eileen Carey.

Based on plans developed by the school system, the new three-story building on the southeast corner of Clark Street and Morse Avenue will accommodate nearly 1,000 students in 30 classrooms, including specialized science, math, computer and art rooms. The building also will include a gymnasium and a lunchroom with a full-service kitchen; two play areas; a section of open green space; and a parking lot.

The new school will be just north of the new Rogers Park branch library, for which the PBC also managed the construction, Carey noted.

At the same meeting, the PBC board also awarded the construction contract for Field to the George Sollitt Construction Co., the lowest of six bidders when the school board solicited bids to construct the new school building.

Sollitt’s winning bid was $12.3 million. The company also committed to using minority workers for at least half of the laborer, apprentice and journeyman work performed on the construction site.

Construction is expected to begin this spring.