Evanston aldermen Monday night are scheduled to award contracts totaling nearly $6.25 million for renovation of Fountain Square downtown.
The bids recommended for approval include $5.9 million to Compenhaver Construction to make the improvements and $345,000 to Christopher B. Burke Engineering for engineering services on the project.
A rendering of the planned expanded square at twilight, showing a new veterans memorial and fountain flanked by expanded seating areas.
The work is to be funded mainly by the Washington National TIF, with additional money from general obligation bonds.
A twilight rendering of the expanded version of the traffic island south of the square, showing lights planned to be strung from trees over a new seating area.
It took over two years to come up with a final design for the project, and it’s expected to take roughly 18 months to do the renovation work — with completion now expected by August 2018.
The project calls for substantially reducing the north-south traffic lanes through the square. The rendering marks the current outlines of the square with dashed red lines.
The current design of Fountain Square dates from 1976. It replaced a post-World War II design dedicated in the 1950s that eliminated a traffic circle in the square that had been in place since the original fountain was installed in 1876.
A 1960s postcard image of the post-World War II fountain.
A 1930s postcard image showing a replica of the original 1876 fountain.