After a delay caused by an area-wide construction workers strike, work has resumed on replacing the Evanston Civic Center’s roof.

Aldermen tonight are scheduled to vote on a change order to the $1.48 million contract to spend an additional $58,511 to repair water damage to the roof structure discovered when the old roof surface was removed.

After a delay caused by an area-wide construction workers strike, work has resumed on replacing the Evanston Civic Center’s roof.

Aldermen tonight are scheduled to vote on a change order to the $1.48 million contract to spend an additional $58,511 to repair water damage to the roof structure discovered when the old roof surface was removed.

The city’s project manager for the roof project, Stefanie Levine, says the contractor has done about one-third of the work of tearing off the old slate shingles and installing a plywood base for the new asphalt shingles on the north wing of the building.

She says crews are also removing and replacing the built-in gutter liners and rebuilding parts of the gutter and cornice framing as needed. They’ve also taken down old downspounts and are tuckpointing the brickwork around the downspout locations.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. $1.48 million here

    $1.48 million here, $1.48 million there, pretty soon it adds up to real money. why do we keep throwing money at the Civic Center? Enquiring minds want to know.

    1. Because replacing the Civic Center costs even more.

      Estimates to replace the Civic Center increased from $20M to $90M over the years the issue was debated.

  2. Civic Center?

    I don’t have a dog in the hunt, but I do think the original plan being considered by our city staff, which was to sell the current Civic Center and build to suit in a downtown location was ridiculous.  Reason?  Building to suit is going to cost us and doing it in downtown would have removed taxable property from our rolls.  If the city were to decide they would build a new Civic Center in west, south or southwest Evanston, I’d actually be given pause.  Any of these locations would not be removing such highly taxed property from the tax map, and desired parking options would be much better.  Obviously, south would be the optimal choice since the location would have public transportation options.

  3. Why not use buildings on Maple ?

    I have never heard why the under-utilized if not vacant NU Research Park buildings on Maple and west could not have been converted esp. since there was talk of turning one building into condos.

    It would be good to have a Procrustean bed for city government—we might even get the budget in balance.

     

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