Gov. announces $438,000 to renovate Howlett Building

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SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Quinn announced more than $438,000 in state money to waterproof the Howlett Building in Springfield.

The project will address water drainage and infiltration concerns on the north plaza area of the Howlett Building. It includes replacing the existing pavers, waterproofing the underlying tunnel, improving storm water drainage, and repairing the stone retaining wall.

Laverdiere Construction, Inc. of Macomb, the lowest of three bidders, will perform the general construction work for $295,000. Reliable Plumbing & Heating Company of Champaign was the lowest of five bidders at $143,850 for the heating and air conditioning portion of the project.

The Michael J. Howlett Building in Springfield's State Capitol complex houses the Illinois Secretary of State's offices. Formerly the Centennial Building, it was erected to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Illinois' admission to the Union as the 21st state. The cornerstone was laid in 1918, and the building was completed in 1923; additions were added in 1928 and 1966.

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