Partners on state construction projects recognized

SPRINGFIELD - Private sector contractors and government agencies on state-funded construction projects in Pontiac, Cuba, Edwardsville, Sparta, Urbana and Springfield were recognized during the annual Pride in Partnership Awards ceremony held March 30 in Springfield. The awards note outstanding efforts by private sector contractors to design, construct and renovate structures in Illinois.

"We rely on our partners in the private sector to help us successfully fulfill our mission of providing quality construction management for the State of Illinois," said Jan Grimes, Executive Director of the Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB), which manages all state-funded construction projects. "Pride in Partnership honors project team members whose hard work, cooperation and dedication brought these important projects to award-winning conclusions."

The Pride in Partnership Awards were established in 1988 by CDB to recognize project team excellence in the completion of CDB construction and renovation projects. This year a total of 16 projects were submitted for judging by a committee comprised of representatives from various construction and design trade organizations as well as state officials.

Lewis and Clark Community College, Edwardsville Excellence in Art-in-Architecture Award, Ed Paschke, artist

Lewis and Clark Community College (LLCC) chose to consolidate the art budgets of two of their construction projects, and contributed an additional $50,000, in order to commission a world class work of art for the permanent collection of the college. The project grew in significance when Chicago artist Ed Paschke was selected to create two paintings celebrating the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. After researching the subject and completing the under-painting of the two approved designs, the artist died unexpectedly. Tragic as this was, it was decided by the artist's family, along with representatives of CDB and LLCC, that the final two paintings would be completed by digitally colorizing the images for display on two large scale plasma screens beside the unfinished paintings. It was also decided that Ed Paschke's career would be memorialized by an exhibition highlighting these two paintings along with more than thirty others. The exhibition opened at the Chicago History Museum, traveled to the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and closed at LLCC. The historical significance of these two final works of art by the internationally known artist has far exceeded the initial concept developed for the acquisition of art through the CDB Art-in-Architecture Program.