College of DuPage to Receive More Than $700,000 in State Funds for Campus Renovation/Improvement Projects

State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) announced today that the Governor’s office on Management and Budget (GOMB) has signed off on the release of $709,055 in State funds to assist College of DuPage (COD) with a variety of improvement and renovation projects at the college’s primary Glen Ellyn campus and at the Carol Stream campus.

“The College of DuPage is a world-class institution of higher learning that serves more than 28,000 students each semester,” said Breen. “Keeping the campus buildings and infrastructure in a state of good repair is costly, and I am pleased to see the State of Illinois making an investment in our local community college.”

In announcing the project funding on Tuesday, Governor Bruce Rauner said, “Infrastructure investment is a catalyst for job creation and economic development. We signed a bipartisan budget in June that includes funds for improvement projects that benefit local businesses and residents. This kind of investment is how government can play a positive role in the Illinois economy.”

Total project costs at COD are estimated at $955,000, with COD agreeing to pay $245,945 while the State pays the remaining $709,055. Projects receiving funding include:
  • Asphalt and concrete repairs, surface patching and sealing, pavement sealing on roads and in parking lots throughout campus 
  • Electronic lock systems upgrades to replace outdated, deteriorating or damaged access control wiring and addition of new electronic locks on currently unserved egress doors to main campus security 
  • Berg Instructional Center boiler overhaul of equipment over 15 years old to prevent service interruption or complete failure of heating equipment 
  • Miller Homeland Security Center/Health Sciences Center equipment recommissioning to optimize functionality, energy efficiency and to comply with federal guidelines 
  • Replace Student Resource Center electric boiler which is well beyond its useful service life 
  • Technical Education Center flue stack replacement resulting from deteriorating and rusting seals 
  • Berg Instructional Center boiler breeching and asbestos abatement 
  • Carol Stream boiler replacement of a unit that has exceeded its useful life 
  • Technical Education Center building automation system (BAS) replacement of the obsolete system which is original to the building and no longer supported by the manufacturer 
“DuPage County residents pay some of the highest taxes in the country, and they regularly send significantly more dollars to Springfield than we ever get back for local service delivery,” Breen said. “I am thrilled to see some of those state resources coming back to the local level at COD to offset the costs of these projects.”

The COD capital projects allocation is part of $11.3 million in project funds that were released for use this week by community colleges throughout Illinois. Additional funds for other community college capital projects are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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