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Will County committee to discuss planned Eagle Building demo

Agenda also includes at-risk construction manager contract for Laraway sheriff's complex

JOLIET – The Will County Capital Improvements Committee has a busy docket scheduled for this week.

Tuesday’s agenda includes discussion about demolition of the antiquated Eagle Building, 20 W. Washington St. in Joliet, which once housed several sheriff’s offices, and the approval of a contract for a construction manager at-risk for the sheriff’s Laraway Road facility.

Both moves push forward the county’s plans to rearrange and consolidate offices in downtown Joliet and elsewhere. Nick Palmer, chief of staff for the Will County Executive’s Office, said county officials hope to Jan. 1 after competitively bid the demolition of the three-story Eagle Building.

“It’s just an eyesore,” Palmer said. “Keeping it there is just a waste.”

Asbestos removal will be required prior to demolition of the decades-old building. Previous base-level estimates from the county executive’s office ranged between $250,000 and $450,000, but Palmer said Friday other factors unique to this building may increase overall costs.

“As we always do, we hope to get the best price of a qualified bidder,” Palmer said.

Additional surface parking could be created following the building’s demolition, Palmer said.

Laraway Road sheriff’s complex

Also on the agenda is consideration of a contract with the Hoffman Estates-based firm Leopardo Cos. to be the construction manager at-risk for the planned Laraway sheriff’s complex. At-risk means the company would pay if the project goes over a guarantee maximum price or the project is not completed in time.

Several of the sheriff’s offices were moved into the First Midwest Bank building, helping set in motion the eventual demolition of the Eagle Building. The county purchased the bank building last year with the intent to build a new courthouse on the 4.3-acre site.

The contract up for a vote Friday pays Leopardo a flat fee of $113,477 for the preconstruction phase, which includes evaluation of the county’s programming, timeline and budget requirements, and consultation with the county and architect on material costs and labor.

Other costs involved in the Leopardo contract are yet to be determined until the County Board’s Finance Committee decides on a final budget for Laraway sheriff’s facility. Finance Committee Chair Mike Fricilone could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

Previous estimates were about $15 million.

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