January 28, 2020

Chilo Visitor Center getting new HVAC system


CHILO – The building is nearly 100 years old.

Originally the powerhouse for Chilo Lock and Dam #34 along the Ohio River when it opened in 1925 – and now a visitor center and museum – the Clermont County Park District will make an infrastructure investment for the comfort of its guests.

The Park District announced it seeks professional contractor bids for a new HVAC system at the Chilo Lock 34 Visitor Center.

Engineer estimate for the project is $106,800.

The Park District will host a non-mandatory pre-bid meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Visitors Center (521 County Park Road, Chilo, Ohio 45112).

Bids are due in the Park District office (2228 U.S. Highway 50, Batavia, Ohio 45103) by 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at which time they will be opened and read publicly.

The bid proposal calls for work on the project to be complete July 1, 2020.

“That building is a fortress,” said Park District Community Relations Manager Mark Motz. “It’s withstood floods, tornados, deep freezes and scorching heat. But a building that age just isn’t equipped for modern heating and cooling.

“The Park District is committed to providing its guests a first-class experience. Part of that is making sure they are comfortable when they are in our facilities. This new HVAC system will ensure that for years to come.”

Contractors interested in making a bid may find the particulars for the project on the Park District website here.

Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.

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