Evanston officials now are hoping the new fountain in Fountain Square downtown will be working by May this year. That’s about six months later than the original scheduled completion date for the project.

Aldermen this week approved a nearly $200,000 increase in the project engineering work on the job with Christopher B. Burke Engineering.

Lara Biggs.

But Capital Planning Bureau Chief Lara Biggs said some of that money may be recovered from penalties assessed against project contractor Copenhaver Construction for delays in the work and from savings on some aspects of the project costing less than anticipated.

Biggs said it would be “very challenging” to switch contractors in the middle of the project. She added that while Copenhaver “was not very well organized” initially, they have a new supervisor on site now and seem to be working a lot more diligently. “They’re definitely moving in the right direction,” Biggs said, but she conceded that the re-scheduled opening date for the fountain still could slip further.

Burke was hired by the city to oversee the contractor’s work, and it’s now anticipate that their efforts to oversee finishing touches on the project may not wrap up until September.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

Join the Conversation


  1. Fountain
    Boondoggle is the word you’re looking for…over budget, 6 month delay (and BTW May? That’ll take “additional” funding???) Same stories from Evanston elected….just some new faces.

    1. The new fountain will just
      The new fountain will just make the building behind it look that much worse… a tough task.

Leave a comment
The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space. Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with. Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *