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County board hires jail construction manager

A construction company based in Providence, Rhode Island, will be working on the design and building of the new Ogle County Jail.

At a special meeting Jan. 30, the Ogle County Board approved hiring Gilbane Building Company for the design and construction of the jail in the 100 block of South Sixth Street in Oregon, across from the judicial center.

Board chairman Kim Gouker said Gilbane, which has offices in numerous locations around the world, including Chicago, will work closely with Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc., the firm hired in November for the architectural and engineering design of the 70,000 square-foot facility.

“The first phase is to develop a schematic design,” Gouker said. “Once we have that we can develop the actual cost of the jail.”

The cost for the 180-200 bed jail has been estimated at $25 to $28 million.

Gouker said he expects to have the design in 30 to 60 days.

He said Gilbane and HOK have collaborated on several projects, including the DeKalb County Jail expansion, which is nearing completion.

Construction on the new jail is expected to begin this fall.

The county board and Oregon City Council reached an agreement in December that transferred jurisdiction over the 100 block of South Sixth Street in Oregon from the city to the county.

That allowed the county board to move forward with its plans to close the block and connect the new jail to the existing judicial center across the street.

Part of the agreement is that the county will pay for street improvements near the courthouse, judicial center, and new jail.

It will pay to repave Jefferson Street from Fourth to Sixth Street, Fifth Street from Washington to Jefferson, and Sixth Street south to Madison, and replace gutters and sidewalks in those blocks.

County board chairman Kim Gouker, of Byron, said the county will also pay to reroute sewer and water mains affected by the street closure. 

The total cost for those projects is estimated at $600,000.

The street transfer still needs the approval of the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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