State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) announced today that the Governor’s office on Management and Budget (GOMB) has signed off on the release of State funds to assist McHenry County College with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) improvements for the community college’s “A Building.”
According to Reick, the college is renovating areas within its A Building and the improvements include replacing aging roof-top units (RTUs) and duct work to improve air circulation and temperature in the building. “The RTUs are over 27 years old and are operating beyond their life cycle,” said Reick. “They require more and more maintenance to keep operational, have lost some functionality and are inefficient for today’s energy standards. In addition, the duct work is over 40 years old and has failed in several locations.”
The total project cost is estimated at $800,000 and the college has agreed to pay $646,870 while the State pays the remaining $153, 130. “The people of McHenry County pay a lot in taxes, and while this is not a huge allocation of funds from the State, I am pleased to see some taxpayer money coming back to our county to benefit an institution of higher learning that benefits many McHenry County families.”
The McHenry County College HVAC project allocation is part of $11.3 million in project funds that were released for use by community colleges throughout Illinois. Additional funds for other community college capital projects are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.