Board OKs $10M bond
By Tina Akouris firstname.lastname@example.org September 17, 2013 10:22PM
Updated: October 19, 2013 7:37PM
The Joliet Township High School District 204 Board on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $10 million bond issue for a project to build an addition and renovate Joliet Central High School.
“The board refunded $6.5 million of existing bonds to take advantage of the low interest rates for a savings of $359,017,” said Ilandus Hampton, the assistant superintendent for business services. “And the other $3.5 million is new money for the construction project.”
The entire project is budgeted at $28 million, with the most expensive part being the student center addition, estimated at $18.6 million.
Supt. Cheryl McCarthy said the project will respect the school’s historical architecture.
The school board also received an update on the Joliet Central construction project, complete with artist renderings. Besides the student center addition, the school will have a new infant child care center, a renovated Little Theater and masonry restoration. The target completion date for the entire project is 2016.
The school board Tuesday night watched a presentation from Kevin Havens, senior vice president and director of design architecture of Darien-based Wight and Co., and representatives from Gilbane, the construction manager for the project. There will need to be a new bus route to feed onto Collins Street because of the construction project.
Phase I of the project is moving the infant child care center across the street. It is about 70 percent complete and on budget, scheduled to be finished in December.
The student center will face Collins Street and will have a main ground level entrance off Van Buren Street and a contained reception area for security purposes. The Little Theater is being demolished to accommodate the new center.
A galleria will connect the student center to the existing school and will allow for better traffic flow among students, faculty and staff. The galleria will have two levels with a multi-purpose room and lounges on the upper floor.
Relocating the cafeteria from the fourth floor to ground level also is a key component to the renovation. Having a ground-level kitchen will also provide a safer work environment. The dining area is expected to have 600 seats and will face Collins Street.