Quincy News

Veterans Home work could start soon after contract finished

A look at the 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.
H-W Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 13, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY — When work will start on the redevelopment of the Illinois Veterans Home will depend on how long it takes to work out a contract with the contractor.

The Capital Development Board on Tuesday selected Veterans United Constructors — a joint venture between Alberici Corp. of St. Louis and River City Contractors LLC of East Peoria, Ill., — for the $230 million project.

CDB Public Affairs Administrator Lesa Branham said negotiations with Veterans United Constructors will include any proposed deviations in the contract as a means of cost control.

Plans call for a new nursing home and domiciliary to accommodate up to 340 beds, which would overhaul the largest veterans home operated by the state.

"Our administration is committed to ensuring Illinois' military veterans get the quality care they deserve," said Linda Chapa LaVia, director of Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. "With CDB's selection of Veterans United Constructors for this Rebuild Illinois initiative, we look forward to transforming the Quincy campus into a state-of-the-art facility for America's heroes."

With the design-build process for the project, there is a partial design that needs to be fully developed.

Branham said, "While that is being accomplished, some work on site will be able to commence in preparation for other work. The successful team indicated that they would anticipate site mobilization within approximately two months of CDB's issuance of an authorization to proceed. When that happens is largely dependent on how quickly the contract can be negotiated and executed."

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.

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.

Plans to redevelop the campus were kick-started 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.