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Contractor selected for $230 million Veterans Home redevelopment

A look at Stone Building on the Illinois Veterans Home Campus on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. A contractor has been selected for the $230 million Illinois Veterans Home renovation.
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 11, 2020 1:40 pm Updated: Aug. 11, 2020 11:27 pm

QUINCY — A contractor has been selected for the $230 million redevelopment of the Illinois Veterans Home.

The Capital Development Board on Tuesday selected Veterans United Constructors, which is a joint venture between Alberici Corp. of St. Louis and River City Contractors LLC of East Peoria, Ill. Funding for the project is part of the Rebuild Illinois capital bill.

The project, which calls for the construction of a new nursing home and domiciliary to accommodate up to 340 beds, is moving forward with the design-build process, which CDB officials said would allow construction to start earlier and provide flexibility.

Initially four firms submitted proposals to the board by Dec. 11, 2019. 

A committee of four board personnel, an Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs representative and two public members, including Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore and a resident at the home, reviewed the proposals and trimmed the list to three. One firm later withdrew, leaving PARIC Corp. of St. Louis and Veterans United Constructors.

A recommendation from the committee was due to the Capital Development Board by April 14, but officials said the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the process. 

Moore said the selection is great news for the community.

“They had a plan and a concept which would really complete a goal that we had laid out from the get-go when we first had the bipartisan steering committee on saving the Veterans Home,” Moore said. “We wanted to make sure the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy would be able to continue to delivery quality care for generations to come and be able to adapt to whatever changes in the health care environment that may occur.”

Moore added that Veterans United Constructors' proposal outlined many local firms it hoped to hire for the project.

During a November 2019 contractors meeting at the Veterans Home, officials said the new construction would make the central part of the campus more friendly for residents walking the campus.

The building will have underground access for building services, such as food and supply deliveries, keeping them on the campus peripheries.

As part of construction, Elmore Infirmary, the Fletcher Infirmary and a couple of maintenance garages will be demolished to make way for the new facilities.

After construction of the new building, residents from Shapers Hospital and Markword Infirmary would be moved into the new building before both are demolished.

The Nielsen Dining Facility also will undergo renovation as part of the campus.

Improvements at the campus were prompted after multiple outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease starting in 2015, causing the deaths of at least 13 residents and sickening dozens more.

Housing for residents during construction also is being provided in Lester Hammond Hall, 720 Sycamore, which the state bought for $650,000 and invested $17 million in upgrades.

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