The Governor this week signed Senate Bill 3128, the Quincy Veterans’ Home Rehabilitation Act, allowing for the state to move forward on an expansion at the current facility while reducing red tape on future construction to allow the state to proceed more expediently on the project.
The Quincy Veterans’ Home may now begin its five-year capital development plan following the signing of Senate Bill 3128, which provides for design-build contracting for the facility’s projects to renovate, rehabilitate and rebuilt the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy. This is expected to eliminate redundancies associated with the traditional construction process, and is anticipated to reduce time spent on the project and associated costs.
Over the next five years, the campus will undergo a major rehabilitation to update the care facilities and residence to ensure it is up to code and safe for veteran residents and their families.
Senate Bill 3128 authorizes the Capital Development Board and the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs to use design-build contracting in the upcoming projects at the Veterans’ Home. It also provides for the deposit and use of federal funds received as reimbursement for capital improvement project expenses.
The Quincy campus is the largest Veterans’ Home in Illinois. Importantly, the $52 million capital development plan allows for the residents to continue living in the facility undisturbed during the construction. The Governor also signed House Bill 5683, authorizing a recently purchased adjacent nursing facility to be included as an official part of the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy. This facility will be used as temporary housing for veterans during the construction on the new facility at the existing campus, which will ensure continuity of care for residents.