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|Orpheum Board Not Thrilled With Energy Plan
|Officials with Galesburg's Orpheum Theatre are essentially back to the drawing board as they figure out how to best ultimately replace the heating and air conditioning systems at the nearly century-old theatre.
Theatre president Kate Francis says the Knox County Civic Center Authority Board Wednesday, after a three-hour meeting, essentially turned down the one proposal they received for an energy-based performance contract partner, and will instead seek quotes from a design, engineering, and project managing firms that would evaluate the engineering and replacement of the boiler and air conditioning systems.
Francis tells WGIL she understands why the board wanted to start over in a way.
"The board was concerned about the cost estimate included in the Johnson Controls proposal for the engineering and design portion," Francis said. "Basically what they've asked is to open up the opportunity for a local, architectural, engineering, project management firm to bid on that particular portion of the project."
Francis says the board wants to make sure costs are in line with market value. She says the performance contract with Johnson Controls could have cost upwards of a million dollars.
Francis says, however, she's not entirely sure she can seek quotes from only local businesses -- something that governmental bodies like City Councils can't do. She says she will run the Request for Quotes by her legal counsel before sending them out.
A deadline for receiving them back isn't yet set.
(WGIL News File Photo)
|04 01 10 by Newsroom
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