Frankfort awards contract for village hall addition
By Susan DeMar lafferty firstname.lastname@example.org April 11, 2014 6:04PM
Updated: May 15, 2014 6:09AM
Within a year, Frankfort officials and staff could be moving into an expanded village hall.
The village board recently awarded a $4 million contract to Construction Solutions of Illinois, of Alsip, to build a 10,000-square-foot addition to the village hall, 432 W. Nebraska St.
The building will anchor the southeast corner of LaGrange Road and Nebraska Street, serving as a gateway to the historic downtown area. Earthwork has been completed, and construction could begin next month, village administrator Jerry Ducay said.
The addition will include a 3,000-square-foot meeting room for the village board and community groups. The village board has been meeting in the lower level of the police station since it sold Heritage Hall in January 2008.
The addition also will feature a new main entrance and reception area, a lobby with public restrooms, a conference room, four offices, a basement and a public plaza with paths, more landscaping and parking. The existing building also will be renovated to blend in with the addition.
The total project will cost $5.5 million, Ducay said. Frankfort acquired the land last fall for $357,500 and has spent $172,000 to excavate the site and remove dirt.
Seventeen bids were received, all within $4.1 million to $5.1 million, he said, and Construction Solutions was the second-lowest bidder.
The village board disqualified the low bid from Frontier Construction, of Willowbrook, citing a lack of experience in projects of this size, irregularities in the bid numbers and workmanship “which was not to the level we would expect,” Ducay said.
Before awarding a contract, village officials inspected 30 projects from four bidders, he said.
“We got a good project at a good price. It will make an exceptional addition to that corner,” Ducay said.
Architectural renderings of the project are on the village website, www.villageoffrankfort.com.
Ducay said visitors will see other improvements throughout the downtown area, such as more flower boxes, landscaping and brick pavers.
The village also hopes to see a restaurant and retail shops move into a new two-story building to be built by Richard Wright at 28 Kansas St., just east of Francesca’s Fortunato Restaurant, which Wright also built.
Village trustees recently approved the architectural design for the building, which will fit the downtown’s 1890s theme and offer 6,580 square feet on each floor.