Highland News Leader

Korte & Luitjohan working on several projects in the area

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors Inc. (K&L) in Highland has completed several public works projects in the area and is working on several more.

K&L recently completed a waste water treatment improvement project in Bunker Hill. The $2.2 million project consisted of site work and construction of a berm through one existing cell for use as a 1.9 million gallon excess flow basin. Work also included installation of aeration equipment in that cell and two others, plus a new rock filter. A new blower building and pump station were constructed, and two generators, one off-site, were also installed.

K&L also recently completed a waste water treatment plant expansion in St. Elmo. The $1.1 million project consisted of site work and ancillary mechanical and electrical work and construction of a 1.2 million gallon covered aerated lagoon, 90,000 gallon concrete polishing reactor. Work also included installation of a floating cover on their existing aerated lagoon, and of a three 40-horsepower blower aeration system.

A year and a half after a tornado destroyed Mount Olive City Hall, a new city hall complex is rising. The project team with K&L is building a city hall that is structurally reinforced for high winds. It consists of a one-story wood construction, with brick exterior and full basement. The new facility is 5,721 square feet and has a 1,288 square-foot garage. The facility includes city administration offices, township administration offices, police department, conference room and exhibit space for the Mother Jones Museum. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of May.

K& was also recently awarded a contract award a restroom renovation project for the Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) Granite City Campus. The project will be facilitated in two phases while classes are in session, with half of the 18 restrooms completed during each phase. All restrooms will be ADA-compliant and will have new walls, ceilings, floors and fixtures. Anticipated project completion is set for April.

K&L was also awarded a contract to renovate the Washington County Courthouse in Nashville. The current county courthouse was completed in 1884, with additional space added to the front of the building in 1965. K&L will commence the yearlong renovation and restoration project in March 2015. The building will receive a new infrastructure, new electrical and HVAC systems and a backup generator. The entryways and restrooms will be updated and ADA-compliant. The building will receive new drywall, ceilings, trims, doors, cabinets and flooring throughout, and new synthetic slate shingles will be installed on the roof.

A $3.1 million project for the Illinois Capital Development Board for Richland Community College in Decatur was also awarded to K&L. The new Student Success Center and administrative space project consists of a new 11,000 square-foot LEED Silver Certified addition to the north wing of the existing school and an 11,000 square-foot renovation to the existing building. Anticipated project completion is 372 calendar days from project commencement.

K&L will also do renovation on the 1st Bank of Dieterich in Red Bud. Renovation work on the exterior and interior of the bank will begin shortly, and the bank will remain open during construction. The exterior renovation work consists of reworking the drive-up lanes, as well as new concrete curbing and cleaning of the exterior surfaces. Interior work will include installation of new walls, doors and windows; casements; construction of a new teller line; painting; restroom renovations; and reworking of the mechanical ventilation and lighting fixtures. Anticipated project completion is set for the June 2015.

K&L is a full-service, family-owned contracting and construction management firm based in Highland. The company has been providing quality construction throughout the Metro St. Louis area and southern and central Illinois since1958, when it was founded by Cyril “Pete” Korte.

K&L offers general contracting, construction management, design/build, pre-construction services to commercial, healthcare, educational, religious, recreational, historical renovation, industrial, power and water facilities and municipal and government facilities. K&L also serves its clients in the building and heavy and utility markets. With its ability to self-perform carpentry, concrete work and piping, K&L is able to maintain a high degree of control, including quality and expenses, over the entire building process.