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Carlson Construction announces bids for Water's Edge project in Joliet

JOLIET – Carlson Construction is taking bids for subcontracts for the Water’s Edge project in Joliet.

Carlson is the general contractor on the project and issued an announcement of the bids in the aftermath of a protest at Water’s Edge concerning the amount of work going to local, low-income residents. Water’s Edge is a replacement development for the Des Plaines Garden Homes projects, which the Housing Authority of Joliet demolished earlier this year. Construction has started on Water’s Edge, which will be a mixed-income development of 68 units.

Protesters have contended that the Housing Authority and Carlson were not following federal Section 3 requirements aimed at providing opportunities for low-income workers and contractors.

Officials at the authority and Carlson have said they are following Section 3 rules. The company put out an announcement saying it is taking bids until Nov. 10 on the project and noted the project is covered under Section 3 requirements.

“Before we award any additional subcontracts, we are going through this process to make sure we are as inclusive as possible,” said Mark Carlson, one of the owners of the Joliet-based construction company.

The company detailed trades still needed for the project.

They include asphalt paving; concrete paving and curbs with gutters; landscaping; masonry; wall panels, roof trusses and loose lumber; asphalt shingles; insulation; siding; metal doors and frames; overhead sectional doors; flooring; gypsum board; and painting.

Also being bid is closet and utility shelving; mailboxes; toilet, bath and laundry accessories; appliances; cabinet and vanities; cultured marble vanity tops; laminate countertops; and window treatments.

Plans and other information may be downloaded from Carlson Construction’s website, www.carlson-construction.net, according to the release. The complete bid package can be found at the “Plan Room” tab. Questions should be sent to Rochelle Skaggs at rskaggs@carlson-construction.net.

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