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|Orpheum to Try Again for Heating Replacement Project
|The efforts of the president of the Orpheum Theatre to try and get a firm on board that can manage the theatre's heating and cooling system while working on a way to replace it before it fails again, are getting nowhere fast.
Theatre president Kate Francis says she will adhere to a request made of her Wednesday by the Knox County Civic Center Authority Board to expand her search for a Project Design, Engineer, and Management firm outside of entities in Knox County for the work, which would also look at ways the building could be made more energy efficient.
Francis says the board asked her to send the Request for Quotes to firms in the Quad Cities and Peoria areas that could possibly take on heading up the work.
That's after learning that of four firms contacted in the last month, all declined to take on the project. Francis says while a number of local firms want to actually do the replacement work, none want to take on management duties.
So far, a performance and energy savings contract submitted by Johnson Controls is the only one still in play. Francis says the issue will be back before the board next month, but warns if it takes much more time, the chances of getting any work done on the theatre's aging boiler and air conditioning systems before winter will be next to impossible.
In the meantime, she says she's been contacted by the City about applying for a grant that could pay for up to $100,000 of the replacement costs through the Western Illinois Regional Council.
Francis says the city must actually be the entity that applies for the grant, and the City Council will vote on that June seventh.
(WGIL News File Photo)
|05 20 10 by Newsroom
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