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December 6, 2000

Governor Ryan Announces Capital Development Board Groundbreakers Program Selections

SPRINGFIELD ­­ Governor George H. Ryan today announced the names of 27 professional firms selected to design projects included as part of the Capital Development Board's GroundBreakers program. The program is aimed at expanding opportunities for Illinois design firms, especially minority and female owned firms.

"The Illinois FIRST program has spurred construction throughout Illinois. This CDB program is aimed at expanding the pool of architects and engineers available to design that work," Ryan said. "By reaching out to new firms, awarding them a small project and giving them specialized attention, we are giving them an opportunity to establish a proven record of quality performance that is vital to successfully competing for larger state construction projects. My administration is committed to expanding opportunities for minorities and women, and this program addresses that goal as well."

Architect/engineers were selected for 27 projects totaling nearly $4.8 million. Information was sent to roughly 300 Illinois design firms, which were new to state work or which had not held contracts with CDB in the past three years, inviting them to submit their qualifications for projects within their realm of expertise.

"CDB implemented this program last year in an effort to give new firms, especially minority and female owned firms, the opportunity to gain experience on a small CDB project in the hope that that experience would aid them in securing future work," CDB Executive Director Kim Robinson said.

"CDB is always looking to attract firms which have not chosen to compete for state contracts in the past in an effort to expand our partnership base. A larger and stronger pool of architects/engineers eligible to perform state work benefits us all from a quality standpoint and provides opportunities for a more diverse workforce."

Of the 27 firms selected to design projects, four are minority­owned firms and six are female­owned firms. All those selected will receive special training and attention to help ensure success.

The GroundBreakers program is strongly supported by Governor Ryan's Office and the General Assembly's Minority Caucus.

CDB is the state's construction management agency. Its share of the Governor's Fiscal Year 2001 Capital Program is more than $3 billion. The agency works with other governmental bodies and private companies to contract for the design and construction of state­funded improvements throughout Illinois.

A list of GroundBreakers projects and those selected to design the work are are listed below:

Replace S2 Air Conditioning Unit
2nd District Appellate Court Building
Elgin, Illinois
Thermal Energy Inc.
(Hoffman Estates, IL)
Enlarge Doorways, Main Bathrooms and Support Bldg.
Manteno Veterans Home
Manteno, Illinois
Morcom, N.V., Inc. (Chicago, IL)
Emergency Generator Expansion
Anna Veterans Home
Anna, Illinois
Lindsey Associates (Carbondale, IL)
Replace Roofs Mississippi Palisades State Park
Carroll County
Hagney Architects (Rockford, IL)
Replace Roof
Illini State Park
Lasalle County
Emma & Vasilion Architects
(Geneva, IL)
Rehabilitate Interior & Exterior
Bryant Cottage State Memorial
Bement, Illinois
Searl and Associates Architects P. C. (Chicago, IL)
Replace Security Fencing Western Illinois Correctional Center
Mt. Sterling, Illinois
M. D. Wessler & Associates Inc. (Arenzville, IL)
Replace Warehouse Freezers
Western Illinois Correctional Center
Brown County, Illinois
Design Mechanical Inc.
(Quincy, IL)
Upgrade Electrical Systems Hill Correctional Center
Galesburg, Illinois
Midwest Engineering Consultants Ltd. (Moline, IL)
Replace Bar Screen Building/Upgrade Component
Joliet Correctional Center
Joliet, Illinois
Alvord Budick & Howson, LLC (Chicago, IL)
Administration Bldg. Repair, Renovate HVAC Pontiac Correctional Center Pontiac, Illinois Ambitech Engineering Corporation (Downers Grove, IL)
Upgrade Storm Sewers
Sheridan Correctional Center
Sheridan, Illinois
McBride Engineering Inc.
(Hazel Crest, IL)
Replace Security Fencing
Graham Correctional Center
Montgomery County
Frank & Cowles Inc. (Springfield, IL)
Upgrade Utilities
Rockford Regional Office Building
Rockford, Illinois
Infrastructure Engineering Inc. (Chicago, IL)
Replace Communication Tower
Illinois State Police District 21 Headquarters
Ashkum, Illinois
Swan & Associates A Professional Corp. (Peoria, IL)
Replace Roof
Illinois State Police
District 5
Joliet, Illinois
S M T Architects
P. C.
(Glen Ellyn, IL)
Upgrade Kitchen, HVAC, Plumbing,Electrical
Howe Developmental Center
Tinley Park, Illinois
Jackson Architects L L C
(Chicago, IL)
Tuckpointing on Various Buildings
Howe Developmental Center
Tinley Park, Illinois
Postl Yore and Associates Inc.
(Arlington Heights, IL)
Repair Exterior Masonry
Madden Mental Health Center
Hines, Illinois
S T R Partners L L C (Chicago, IL)
Retrofit/Upgrade Mechanical Refrigeration Equipment
Singer Mental Health Center
Rockford, Illinois
J N Engineering Co. Div of JN Construction & Engineering Co. Inc.
(Evanston, IL)
Replace Roof and Rehabilitate Exterior
Macomb Armory
Macomb, Illinois
Architectural Design Group
(Peoria, IL)
Miscellaneous Improvements
IDOT District 9 Facilities
Carbondale, West City , Marion & Anna, Illinois
Eilering Architecture (Swansea, IL)
Construct Pole Building
IDOT Maintenance Storage Facility
Joliet, Illinois
Davenport Architects (Downers Grove, IL)
Replace Boiler System
IDOT District 3 Headquarters
Ottawa, Illinois
Howe­Woods Technical Services Inc.
(Frankfort, IL)
Replace Roof on Team Section Building
IDOT District 5
Monticello, Illinois
The Haley Architectural Group (Chestnut, IL)
Install Humidification System
Illinois Medical District Commission
Chicago, Illinois
E M S d/b/a Engineering & Management Specialists
(Downers Grove, IL)
Upgrade Automation System and Replace Fans
Illinois Medical District Commission
Chicago, Illinois
Pasco Inc.
(Chicago, IL)


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