SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a capital investment of more than $783,000 for work at the Illinois State Museum’s Research and Collections Center in Springfield. The project is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
“This work will upgrade the building’s climate control systems to help the State Museum continue to preserve the state’s archaeological resources,” Governor Quinn said. “The project will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy.”
The project will be managed by the Illinois Capital Development Board.
The project is divided into three contracts. The heating and air conditioning rehabilitation work will be performed by Commercial Mechanical, Inc. of Dunlap for $654,000, the lower of two bidders. The ventilation work will be done by Henson Robinson Company of Springfield for $92,425, the lowest of three bidders. And the electrical portion of the project was awarded to Prairie State Plumbing & Heating, Inc. of Athens, the lowest of three bidders at $37,359.
The 97,000-square-foot Research and Collections Center (RCC) holds the State Museum's many natural history and decorative arts collections. There are also laboratories, the Mastodon Factory, GIS Lab, curators' offices and the Technology Learning Center. The RCC is dedicated to collections care, research, and education. It provides state-of-the-art space to care for and study important scientific and art collections, as well as laboratories and special program spaces for Museum scientists, artists and educators. The RCC houses the vast collections that range in size from the microscopic to the colossal—from pollen grains to mastodon fossils. The RCC is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.