McHenry awards $1.1M in contracts to fix public works facility

McHENRY – City officials on Monday night awarded $1.1 million in contracts for a new roof and heating system at McHenry’s public works facility.

Based on the recommendations of architectural consulting firm Studio 222, the City Council awarded the roof replacement to Olsson Roofing Co., of Cherry Valley, for $872,650, and installation of an infrared heating system to F.D.P. of Illinois, of McHenry, for $219,600. The companies were the low bidders for the contracts.

The city bought the public works facility, a former manufacturing plant at 1415 Industrial Drive, for $3.2 million in June 2007. Public works had outgrown its former building at 105 Green St., which now is occupied by the Parks and Recreation Department.

The city made $1.2 million in renovations to the building in 2008 and later determined the roof would have to be replaced. Replacement has been budgeted in the city’s capital improvement plan the past two years, Public Works Director Jon Schmitt said.

The department has done some “patch work” to address leaks, but it’s come to a point where the roof needs to be replaced, he said.

“The heating system for a manufacturing plant is not efficient for a public works facility,” Schmitt said.

Installation of the infrared system in the high-ceilinged building is scheduled to begin next month. The work requires through-the-roof vents.

“We’re hoping to get [the roofing] started as soon as the weather breaks, which could be around April,” Schmitt said.