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Big Spring Bond Updates (2010)

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Bond Project Update - December 13, 2010

Recent activities and meetings:

  • November 23, 30, December 2, 7, 9 – Construction progress meetings with Bond Project Superintendent;
  • December 1 – Project Meeting: PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors, and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems and projections;
  • November 22 – PSC architects on campus to discuss recommendations for the front of the Administration Building;
  • December 3 – Met at Harold Davis Fitness Center to discuss final logistics regarding project, move in and reopening of the facility;
  • December 7 – Met with architects and construction manager to resolve several issues in the 3B – P.A. building project;
  • December 9 – Met with architects and construction manager to resolve several issues in the 3B – P.A. building project;
  • December 10 – Met with architects and construction manager to resolve several issues in the 3A – Science building project.

Project Report - Completed projects:

  • Electrical Primary
  • Phase I - A&E Wings
  • Science Addition
  • Phase II – SUB
  • Horace Garrett
  • Phase IIB – Administration Building (North)
  • Water Sewer

Projects under way:

The Administration Building south wing (Phase IIB) is now complete and fully reoccupied. We are very happy with the end result. There is still some work to do on the front of the building but this will be a separate project. We are currently working with the architects on this. Plans are to make this area fully accessible.

The Central Chiller/Boiler Plant and HVAC Loop project is now complete except for some final punch-list items. We are still looking forward to having this project on our completed list very soon. All HVAC systems are working well.

The Phase IIIa project (renovation of the existing P.W. Malone Building) is still progressing well. We are confident that we will have the first floor ready for the Spring semester. As expected, the second floor will be ready in February. The outcome of this renovation is outstanding. This building will almost certainly become a heavily used classroom and faculty office building.

The Phase IIIb project (renovation of the Practical Arts Building) is moving along well. We are something over 30% complete at this time. We have had to make a few adjustments on some fit and finish items but nothing major.

We still have the second phase of asbestos abatement and then the second phase of construction will happen in the spring. We are going to relocate GAP (Graduation Assistance Program) to the Coliseum East Room at the end of next week. Relocation of ABE and Cosmetology will happen in the spring. We are still looking at a completion in the summer of 2011 for this building.

The Fitness Center is looking wonderful. The painting and the new floor is complete. All of the new fitness equipment is in place and is going to be a big improvement. Installation of the new HVAC equipment will begin on December 23 and will take one week to complete. We believe we will be ready for our January 10th reopening date.

The P.W. Malone Building Parking Lot will take about three to four months to complete. We have a preconstruction meeting planned for next week. Dirt work will begin in January. This parking area will be an asset to the Science building and the Coliseum.

The Campus Drainage remediation project is complete with the exception of a little concrete work in the drainage ditch. The city is helping us with this and the crews are busy patching streets right now. When they get caught up we will finish this project.

Other General Comments: The bond project continues to progress well. We are still on time and under budget. We continue to watch the allocation of G.O. Bond funds and are weighing remaining projects and wish-list items on our priorities list against remaining bond funds.

On a general note, we still need to determine exactly what will be done to address the aging fence around the perimeter of our campus. Thoughts are that some of the fence could go away while other parts will remain. We may use alternative methods of hiding our parking areas such as shrubbery or perhaps some other type of screening.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

Bond Project Update - November 22, 2010

Recent activities and meetings:

  • October 28, November 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 – Construction progress meetings with Bond Project Superintendent Richard Johnson;
  • November 10 – Project Meetings: PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors, and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems and projections;
  • November 2 – PSC engineers on campus for final punch list on central plant and HVAC loop project;
  • November 12 – Finalized plans for Science rooms 100 and 202 KI lecture hall seating
  • November 15 – Resolved problem on Phase 1 glass (Science Addition, A&E wings of Administration Building;
  • November 15 – Walk thru of completed Administration south wing;
  • November 18 – Met with CMAR to review proposed changes in Heating Loop. Discussed with PSC engineers.

Project Report - Completed projects:

  • Electrical Primary
  • Phase I - A&E Wings
  • Science Addition
  • Phase II – SUB
  • Horace Garrett
  • Water Sewer

Projects under way:

The Administration Building south wing (Phase IIB) is now complete and ready for occupancy. It is planned for these offices to move in on Monday, November 29th when we return from the Thanksgiving Holiday.

The painting of the building’s brick exterior is now underway. We now have an idea of what the finished product will be and it is beautiful. The final concept drawings for the restoration of the covered walkway in front of the building will be presented to us next week. The new front will be completely handicapped accessible. We will be able to put this project on our completed list very soon.

The Central Chiller/Boiler Plant and HVAC Loop project is now complete except for some final punch-list items. We have had to work through a few issues on the heating side but these are now resolved. We will be able to put this project on our completed list very soon as well.

The Phase IIIa project (renovation of the existing P.W. Malone Building) is still progressing well. We are now painting and installing interior finishes. Ceiling grid and tile will begin being installed next week. The mechanical systems will be completed on the first floor this week and the second floor will follow right behind. We are planning to have the first floor ready for occupancy for the Spring semester. It is possible that the second floor may be completed ahead of schedule and also ready for the Spring semester. This building will be much more useable than it has been for many years. When finished it will have 22 faculty offices and 13 classrooms, counting the two new classrooms in the Phase I addition.

The Phase IIIb project (renovation of the Practical Arts Building) is moving along well. The walls are going up in the new cosmetology area and in the physical plant areas. It is interesting to see this building take on a new form and look. We are excited about what we see in this building. The new window system will begin installation in late November.

We still have the second phase of the asbestos abatement to do, plus the relocation of cosmetology when the new area is finished. Relocation of ABE and GAP will also take place in the second phase of construction in this building. This project, being a two-phase project, is more complicated than some of the others. Since we could not completely vacate this building, the faculty and students have to be inconvenienced by the construction process, but we are surviving and I feel that everyone is being very cooperative. We are still looking at a completion in the summer of 2011 for this building.

The Fitness Center painting and interior painting is finished. The floor tile will be installed beginning on November 22. The new fitness equipment will be delivered on December 7th. The new HVAC equipment will be installed in mid to late December and we are planning to have the building open by January 10. We are excited about the new look and feel of the building as well as the upgrades that we have done. I know our fitness center members will be happy to have the building back online. I am confident that they will be happy with the results.

The P.W. Malone Building Parking Lot addition to the north of the new wing will be presented for Board consideration on November 22. This parking area will have an entry off of Kentucky Way and will hold 65 vehicles. There will be lighting, sidewalks and accessible routes into the P.W. Malone Building addition. If approved and constructed, this parking area will enable the north entry to the P.W. Malone Building addition to serve as the main entrance to that building. We feel that this was always intended to be the main entrance of the building but it was not readily accessible by anyone, so it was really never used. This end of the building has the student lobby and the elevator and we feel that it will be heavily used if this parking area is constructed. In addition this parking lot will provide better handicap accessibility to the Coliseum which has been a longstanding issue.

The Campus Drainage remediation project is complete with the exception of a little concrete work in the drainage ditch. The City is helping us with this and the crews are busy patching city streets right now. When they get caught up we will finish this project.

Other General Comments: The bond project continues to progress well. We are still on time and under budget. We continue to watch the allocation of G.O. Bond funds and are weighing remaining projects and wish-list items on our priorities list against remaining bond funds.

On a general note, we still need to determine exactly what will be done to address the aging fence around the perimeter of our campus. Thoughts are that some if the fence could go away while other parts will remain. We may use alternative methods of hiding our parking areas such as shrubbery or perhaps some other type of screening.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

Bond Project Update - October 25, 2010

Recent activities and meetings:

  • September 28, 30, October 5, 7, 19, 21 – Construction progress meetings with Bond Project Superintendent Richard Johnson;
  • October 6, 20 – Project Meetings: PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors, and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems and projections;
  • October 6 – Met with engineers regarding transformer failure at the Science Building;
  • October 19 – Met with Lee George regarding questions pertaining to windows in Phase I project;
  • October 22 – Met with Lee George regarding Harold Davis Fitness Center HVAC project value engineering and project structure;
  • October 21 – Met with Lee George representatives regarding changes in Projects 3A and 3B.

Project Report - Completed projects:

  • Electrical Primary
  • Phase I - A&E Wings
  • Science Addition
  • Phase II – SUB
  • Horace Garrett
  • Water Sewer

Projects under way:

The Administration Building (Phase IIB) is now occupied with the exception of the south wing where the president’s office is located. All of the windows in the south wing are now installed and interior walls are completed and painted. Floor covering will follow. We should be able to move in by November 3.

There is still exterior work to do including painting of the brick. There are a number of finish-up items around the building but nothing of any great significance. In addition, we are still waiting on the final concept drawings for the restoration of the covered walkway in front of the building. Plans are to have a completely accessible front door. The surveyors were on campus this week to get exact elevations. I think we are getting closer on this but I do not have anything in hand at the time of this report. Still, we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel on this building.

The Central Chiller/Boiler Plant and HVAC Loop project feels complete because we are in operation, but there remain to be a few things to do on this project. We have had to work through a few issues on the heating side but these are almost resolved. In any case, we are now making hot water for the heating of our buildings. The system is very complex and the machinery is as well. We continue to work through small issues as they come up. The contractor and the equipment manufacturer are taking care of issues appropriately.

The Phase IIIa project (renovation of the existing Science Building) is coming along well. We are well into the reconstruction phase and new walls are up and ready for texture and painting. We approved a change order to float and re-texture the existing walls because there are many patches and cracks. This will give the building a much newer appearance. Most of the mechanical systems are in place now and are being connected to hot and chilled water supply, electrical and control systems. We found some deteriorated plumbing under the slab and will be remediating that very soon. We still plan to have the first floor back online by sometime in January 2011 and the second floor by the following March.

All of the underground work on the Phase IIIb project (renovation of the Practical Arts Building) is done to relocate plumbing and electrical to the new cosmetology area. We will be patching the floors back next week. The phasing required in this building does slow down and complicate the process but we are moving in a positive direction. We still have the second phase of the asbestos abatement to do, the relocation of cosmetology when the new area is finished, relocation of ABE and GAP. This project is complicated.

The Fitness Center painting and interior finish upgrades are progressing but not finished. The floors still need to be completed. We have finally negotiated an acceptable contract for HVAC retrofit within the amount approved by the Board of Trustees. The equipment will be here in about six weeks and it will take about two weeks to install it. The new circuit exercise equipment is in storage and ready to be installed.

The building will have a beautiful, new and updated appearance and feel when we re-open. It has been lengthy getting everything done and we expect a re-open date in December or January.

The Campus Drainage remediation project is complete with the exception of a little concrete work in the drainage ditch. The City is helping us with this and the crews are busy patching streets right now. When they get caught up we will finish this project.

Other General Comments: The bond project continues to progress well. We are still on time and under budget. We have the two 3A and 3B projects under way, the fitness center project progressing again after a delay due to the start of the fall semester and demands on our staff who are doing much of this work.

We continue to watch the allocation of G.O. Bond funds and are weighing remaining projects and wish-list items on our priorities list against remaining bond funds. We are well aware that the projects and costs at the end of this work must be handled so carefully so that we stay within available funds. We made a presentation to the Retired Teachers Association on the bond project progress and it was impressive to me and to Dr. Sparks to see all that we have accomplished displayed in a presentation format.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.


Bond Project Update - September 27, 2010

Recent activities and meetings:

  • August 24, 26, 31, September 2, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 21, 23 –Construction progress meetings with Bond Project Superintendent, Richard Johnson.
  • September 1, 15 – Project Meetings: PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors, and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems, and projections.
  • August 24 – Walk through of Central Plant mechanical systems to assess punch list items.
  • August 25 – Meeting with Architect and college staff regarding Practical Arts Building remodel.
  • August 31 – Meeting to discuss possible changes and furniture needed in Administration south wing.
  • September 8 – Pre-construction walk-thru of Practical Arts Building with architect, construction manager and contractors.
  • September 13 – Met with asbestos removal contractor to begin abatement in Practical Arts Building.
  • September 17 – Completed asbestos abatement in the Practical Arts Building
  • September 20 – Met with Construction Manager to discuss problems with the emergency shut off in the Science Wing chemistry lab.
  • September 22 – Met with city, contractor, construction manager and architect to determine proper valve settings for the college to access either of two water city planes. (This will give redundancy to the college water system.)
  • September 24 – Met with construction staff regarding hidden damage uncovered in the walls of one upstairs Science Building restroom and how to remediate this damage.

Project Report - Completed Projects:

  • Electrical Primary
  • Phase I - A&E Wings
  • Science Addition
  • Phase II – SUB
  • Horace Garrett
  • Water Sewer

Projects under way:

The Administration Building (Phase IIB) is now occupied with the exception of the south wing where the president’s office is located. The delay in this wing is being caused by delays in the installation of the south wing windows. We will be able to complete this wing approximately three or four weeks after the windows are installed. I have a verbal commitment from the contractor that this window installation will be completed early next week.

We continue to hear many complimentary comments about the appearance of the building. A project to replace the canopy on the front of the building to something similar to the original canopy along with a new tower clock will bring the building back to its original look. In addition, the building exterior will be painted as was done on the A and E wings some time back. This will preserve the building from future water damage plus it will enhance the appearance greatly. The three new stone columns on the north side of the building have done much to clean up the building’s appearance and have added to the architectural beauty of the building. They look “original” to the building, but of course they are not. These columns and one on the east provide space to bring in heating and cooling lines, electrical service and other utilities that were exposed on the outside of the building. This is a vast improvement in appearance.

The Central Chiller/Boiler Plant and HVAC Loop
project is complete with the exception of the chiller work at the coliseum. At this time the new coliseum chiller is up and running and of the two older, pre-existing chillers, one of them has mechanical problems. The Coliseum will now operate independently from the Hot/Chilled Water Loop and needs over 300 tons of chiller capacity to supply the building. We have decided to replace the faulty older coliseum chiller with the one removed from the former central plant. It is a newer chiller and similar in capacity and can be relocated to the coliseum for less than one half the cost of repairing the faulty coliseum chiller and less than 20% of the cost of a new chiller. This work will be done in the next couple of weeks.

Another part of this project was to remove the chiller at the Hall Center. As a part of this, the large brick containment area was able to be reduced to a very small structure around a transformer. This opens up this corridor and gives a much improved look and feel to this area in the heart of campus.

Most of the work to fill in holes, ditches and pavement cuts has been completed and our grounds, streets and sidewalks are starting to look better. It will, however, take time for our landscaping to re-grow. This late in the growing season it is too late to re-establish all of our missing grass. Next spring should bring further improvements in our turf.

The Phase IIIa project (renovation of the existing Science Building)
is coming along well. We are well into the reconstruction phase now and new walls are going up in many places, mechanical systems are being installed and electrical work is keeping pace with the rest of the project. There was a significant amount of plumbing to do as well where the old labs have been removed and in the restrooms that are being completely remodeled. We plan to have the first floor back online by January 2011 and the second floor by March 2011.

The first phase of Phase IIIb project (renovation of the Practical Arts Building) is asbestos abatement. This was completed on schedule last week. Contractors are now in the demolition phase of this project. We could not completely shut this building down because we were not able to relocate cosmetology, Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Graduate Assistance Program (GAP) into other buildings. This means that we are having to work around them which will make the project move more slowly. When the first phase of the Practical Arts remodel is complete, we will move cosmetology into their new area on the southeast part of the building, GAP will remain in the building as will ABE. ABE will move to part of the area now occupied by cosmetology. After these changes are made the building will be more functional and efficient. It will then house our Physical Plant operation which will free up instructional space in the McKinney Center. We should be more efficient when these changes are made and all of these areas are in their new “homes”.

We are continuing to do much of the work on the Fitness Center in-house to save cost. Painting and interior finish upgrades are progressing and we feel that the project will be completed in a few more weeks. The new circuit weight equipment that you approved is now ready for installation and we have arranged for new floor covering in most of the building. The building will have a new look and new feel. The HVAC upgrades bids came in high so we are looking at ways to bring this cost back into range.

The Campus Drainage remediation project is still under way. This is the project that we have done with the help of the city. I think the rash of city water main breaks has slowed the completion of this project but we should be finished sometime soon.

Other General Comments: The bond project continues to progress well. I feel that we are still on time and under budget. We still have two major projects under way but since the digging has stopped on campus, things are beginning to look more normal.

I was pleased that we got the Fall semester off to a good start. It was difficult at the end of August to do everything that had to be done but we survived it without too much trauma. I feel that some frazzled nerves are beginning to heal a bit now.

We continue to watch the allocation of G.O. Bond funds and are weighing remaining projects and wish-list items on our priorities list against remaining bond funds. We are well aware that the projects and costs at the end of this work must be handled very carefully so that we stay within available funds. As we are coming to the last year or so of the G. O. Bond project, we are aware of two things, one is how much we have accomplished these last two years and the other is all of the things that we still need to do or at least want to do.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

Bond Project Update - August 23, 2010

Recent activities and meetings:

  • July 20, 27, 29, August 3, 5, 10, 12, 19, 20 –Construction progress meetings with Bond Project Superintendent, Richard Johnson.
  • July 18, August 18 – Project Meetings: PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors, and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems, and projections.
  • July 31 – Walk through to assess sidewalk and street damages.
  • August 3 – Phase IIIb bid opening.
  • August 5 – Walk thru with Construction Manager and contractors to generate final punch list for sidewalk and street repairs.
  • August 5 – Work with college leadership to discuss priorities for final funds of the G.O. Bond Project.
  • August 12 – Met with contractors regarding sidewalk and street replacement. Inspection of work completed to date.
  • August 16 – Begin move-in of second floor of the Administration North building.
  • August 9-20 – Daily meetings with CMAR staff regarding final stages of work on Administration North re: finish out and move in strategies.

Project Report - Completed Projects:

  • Electrical Primary
  • Phase I - A&E Wings
  • Science Addition
  • Phase II – SUB
  • Horace Garrett
  • Water Sewer

Projects under way:

The Administration Building (Phase IIB) is nearing completion. The second floor has been re-occupied and the first floor move-in will be on Monday, August 23. The classrooms, offices and labs on the second floor will be ready for the start of classes on August 25. The south wing (the wing where Dr. Sparks offices) will be completed in approximately four weeks. The major push was to get the main part of the building open and operational so that we could start the fall semester in the classrooms and offices. This was also critical to facilitate the move-out of the P.A. Building (Phase IIIb) so that asbestos abatement and renovation work could begin in this building in the coming weeks.

The building looks beautiful. It is an amazing transformation of this important and historic building. All who have seen it have been impressed.

The central chiller/boiler plant and loop project is complete with the exception of the chiller work at the coliseum. The four 50,000 gallon chilled water storage tanks were removed in late July and the resulting holes have been filled in so that we can begin repairing the landscape. Sidewalk repairs were completed on August 19. Repair work on college streets and parking area is under way at this time.

The work to install new chillers at the coliseum should be complete in about three weeks and that will complete this project. At this time we have a greater level of comfort on this campus than we have ever had. We have now reached a modern and acceptable level of heating and cooling that will be appreciated by students, faculty and staff.

The Phase IIIa project (renovation of the existing science building) is ongoing. The demolition of this building is almost complete and reconstruction has already started in some areas. The project is still in its early stages so we are anxious to see the completed project in coming months. So far we have had no major setbacks with this project. We plan to have the first floor back online by January 2011 and the second floor by March 2011.

The Phase IIIb project (renovation of the Practical Arts Building) bids have been received and the project came in approximately $400,000 under the expected cost. This is another win for HC and we will be able to use the resulting savings to complete other needed projects that are on our priority list that we have been working on.

We are doing as much of the work as we can on the Fitness Center in-house to save cost. Painting and interior finish upgrades are progressing but the push to get other buildings ready for the Fall semester has forced us to pull our crews off of this building for now.

The new circuit weight equipment that you approved is on order and we have arranged for new floor covering in most of the building. The building will have a new look and new feel. The HVAC upgrades are out to bid and we should have pricing by next week. We have four bidders considering the project and we were able to make several changes to the design that will save costs. Our hope is to have this building open to our students and public customers in the next few weeks.

The drainage remediation project on the east end of Adams Street that we are doing with the help of the City is going well. In recent rains we have not had any ponding or drainage problems as in the past. There is still some concrete work to do in some areas but this project is near completion. I feel that our partnering efforts have saved the college over $200,000.

Other General Comments: The bond project continues to progress well. I feel that we are still on time and under budget. The favorable bidding climate has continued as evidenced by our $400,000 savings on the Phase IIIb project.

The summer of 2010 has been another busy and challenging one. We used this time to accomplish many things that would have been even more difficult during more active times such as Fall or Spring semesters. As you look around you will see the campus returning to a more normal appearance. Our grounds crew will now have much work ahead of them as we try to fully return to our former look.

We have accomplished much this summer in getting the Administration Building ready for classes, offices and labs. While not part of the G.O. Bond project, the dorm renovation project paid by Student Housing Revenue Bonds was another major accomplishment and will do much for the campus. The completion of this project on time and ready for Fall student move in was simply amazing. This was probably an eight to nine month project that was accomplished in three months.

We continue to watch the allocation of G.O. Bond funds. We are weighing remaining projects and wish-list items on our priorities list against our remaining funds. We are well aware that the projects and costs at the end of this work must be handled so carefully so that we stay within available G.O. Bond funds. I am confident that you will see many more improvements and enhancements on this campus in the coming months. I hope that everyone is pleased with the accomplishments and improvements that we have made. It has been a source of great pride for all of us.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

 

Bond Project Update - July 19, 2010

Recent activities and meetings:

  • May 27, 27, June 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 22, 24, 28, July 1, 6, 8, 13, 15 –Construction progress meetings with Bond Project Superintendent, Richard Johnson.
  • May 26, June 9, 23, – Project Meetings: PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors, and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems, and projections.
  • May 25 – Met with John Drew to finalize plans for Science Bldg Asbestos Abatement
  • May 26 – Met with PSC Architects and Engineers to plan HVAC retrofit for the Harold Davis Fitness Center
  • June 3 – Phase III bid opening at Lee George Construction
  • June 7 – Met with HC Staff to plan in-house work on the Harold Davis Fitness Center
  • June 23 – Phase III Pre-construction meeting with contractors
  • July 7 – Meeting with Lee George & Architects regarding construction questions and specifications of glass
  • July 13 – Meeting with Lee George regarding completion of Admin and projected move-in dates for Fall 2010
  • July 16 – Walked campus with Lee George staff to verify sidewalk and street damage to be repaired by contractors

Project Report - Completed Projects:

  • Electrical Primary
  • Phase I - A&E Wings
  • Science Addition
  • Phase II – SUB
  • Horace Garrett
  • Water / Sewer

Project Report - Projects Under Way:

The Administration Building (Phase IIB) ceiling grid is about one third complete at the time of this writing. Lighting installation is right behind the ceiling installers. After the grid is in place, the ceiling tile will be installed. This should begin next week.

Painting is well under way and the entire building will be finished by next week. The ceramic tile and wood accents and trim are almost complete in first and second floor hallways and both stairways, with only a limited amount of trim out left to do. The terrazzo contractor will be on the job next week to finish grinding the terrazzo repairs and new installation. Window installation is well under way. Windows in the two story part of the building will be complete by next Friday with the possible exception of the large window at the front of the building. This, and the remainder of the building (the president’s wing), should be completed in two or three weeks. Carpet will be installed in the two story section of the building next week after all of the windows are finished in this area.

The restroom modifications are progressing nicely. All plumbing work is complete and the fixtures will be hung sometime next week. The tile on the walls will begin this Friday and the partitions will be installed soon after.

The front of the building is in need of some put-back of a canopy in front of the building. PSC has presented two options but we do not feel that they have come up with the right design so far. We have asked them to continue working on this and we will monitor their progress. The trees that were in front of the building were relocated on campus and we are optimistic that they will live.

The central chiller/boiler plant and loop project is 98% complete. The central plant is up and running! All campus buildings are now connected to the new central plant. We have seen a new level of comfort in our buildings as a result. The four twenty-five year old 50,000 gallon chilled water storage tanks will be removed next Wednesday. The new system does not need stored chilled water to supply the campus. The resulting holes will be filled in by the contractor and this cost is included in the existing chiller plant/loop project. Once this is complete we can begin putting our grass back down on campus.

The Phase III project (renovation of the existing science building) asbestos abatement was completed in budget and on schedule. The demolition of this building is now under way. Reconstruction will begin immediately after demo. We plan to have the first floor back online by January 2011 and the second floor by March 2011.

The Phase IIIb project (renovation of the Practical Arts Building) is out to bid and the bid opening will be on July 20th. The project can start in late August after we reoccupy the Administration building. We hope to have this project complete by summer 2011. The work that PSC did on this building will transform it into something really nice. I believe everyone will be pleased.

We are working on the Fitness Center design to connect it to the heating and cooling loop. We had hoped that the roof structure on the back of the fitness center could have supported air handlers for the building. Study revealed that the building was not strong enough for this approach. This forced us to move the air handlers to the south side of the building and this gave us the ability to better distribute the air supply. It also raised the cost to complete the project because of the cost to extend the piping and because of the added cost to elevate the air handlers on the side of the building. However, we feel that the project is still important and worth pursuing. The new circuit equipment is on order and will be delivered soon. In the meantime we are repainting and replacing carpet and tile that is in some cases over twenty years old. The building will look completely different when we finish with a new color scheme, heating and cooling and new flooring. We are anxious to see the result. We are doing as much of this work in-house as we can to save cost.

We have partnered with the city to remediate the drainage problems on the east side of the campus. We feel that total costs now will only be a fraction of what we originally planned. This work is ongoing and may be complete in a few weeks.

Other General Comments: The bond project continues to progress well. I feel that we are still on time and under budget. We have addressed many issues that were not originally thought possible within the funds available. A favorable bidding climate, excellent plans and a great construction manager have all contributed to our success.

We are carefully watching the allocation of bond funds. The bids for the Science building renovation came in over $400,000 under budget. The Phase IIIb bids for the Practical Arts Building renovation will complete the picture when opened on the 20th of July as to where we stand financially. Dr. Sparks and the administrative team on the Big Spring campus have continued prioritizing these projects. We know that we cannot do everything so we are carefully weighing what is most important. We must be very careful that we do not overspend the bond funds. We are well aware that the projects and costs at the end of this work must be handled so carefully so that we stay within available G.O. Bond funds.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.


Bond Project Update - May 24, 2010

Recent activities and meetings:

  • April 27, 29, May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 – Construction progress meetings with Bond Project Superintendent, Richard Johnson;
  • April 28, May 12 – Project Meetings: PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems and projections;
  • April 28 – Met with PSC regarding Practical Arts Bldg planning and review of drawings and specs;
  • May 5 – Pre-bid meeting with contractors for Phase III project;
  • May 12 – Howard College Administrative Team met with PSC architects and engineers for a 50% Construction Documents review;
  • May 12 – Science Addition pre-acceptance walk through with Lee George and PSC architects;
  • May 14 – Science Addition walk-thru to prepare punch-list.

Project Report - Completed projects:

  • Electrical Primary
  • Phase I - A&E Wings
  • Phase II (SUB, Horace Garrett)
  • Water Sewer

Projects under way:

The Science Building addition (part of the Phase I project) is complete and we have moved in. We are working on setting up the new labs so that we can teach in them Summer I! Erin MacKenzie, Peggy Cheney and Mr. LaFond have been working tirelessly to get rid of old and unused items and moving the rest to the new labs. The movers have helped as well. There are still a few minor things to do in the addition, for example, the elevator is complete but it needs to be inspected by the state. We have prepared the punch-list and the contractor has already completed many of these items. In addition, there are some panels on the outside of the building that have not been received. They should be received in about a week and will be installed at that time. The building was designed to have several areas where students could meet or study. These areas include the new front lobby and the wide hallway near the labs. We have asked PSC to consider some furniture for these spaces. This will be a change order that we will bring to you for consideration in the future.

The Administration Building (Phase IIB)
is seeing some real progress now. The terrazzo contractor has been working on the first floor. The new seal and the circular lobby are poured and the initial grinding is taking place now. It will look amazing when completed. We have determined that the restrooms need some additional attention. They were not addressed in the original scope of work in much detail and the building is going to be beautiful, making the restrooms look completely out of place. A full scale renovation of all four public restrooms would be $143,000. We are trying to find a balance between that and what is really needed and appropriate. We are still working on scope and have already saved significant cost. The final number will be about ½ of the above cost. This will be a change order that we will be bringing to you for consideration. Lee George says that he can complete this before August as well if we get approval soon. Lee says we are on track to get this building back online in August.

The wooden canopy in front of the building is now removed. All of the comments that I have heard have been very positive. Now that our landscape has matured, the canopy is not as important as it once was. The trees have not been moved yet because of the work on the canopy and because of recent rains. We will try to get them moved next week and hope to be able to save them. At that time we will be able to look at the area to determine what needs to be done in landscaping and architecture. We still need to address the sidewalks and ADA access to the front of the building as well.

The central chiller/boiler plant and loop project is 95% complete. The central plant is up and running! The contractor is waiting for the chiller manufacturer to give them the go-ahead to connect our buildings. It is anticipated that this work will begin next week. It will take two to three days per building so this work will take several weeks as they connect all of our buildings to the new central plant. Work to fill in the ditches is under way now. The four old 50,000 gallon chilled water storage tanks will be removed when we have completely disabled the old cooling system. The removal of these tanks will create some large holes that will need to be filled in by the contractor. This should be interesting. This cost is included in the existing chiller plant/loop bid. It will definitely be a relief to see an end to all of the digging on campus!

The Phase III project (renovation of the existing science building) is now out to bid. The bid opening was delayed from May 20th to June 3rd. Asbestos abatement in the dorms is progressing on schedule and we expect abatement work to move to the Science Building on Monday, May 24th as planned. Even with the delay in the bid opening, we still plan to complete this project by the end of December. Time will tell if this is possible.

The Phase IIIb project (renovation of the Practical Arts Building) is still planned to go out to bid in June. The plans and drawings are almost complete and will be released to bid on June 14th. Pre-bid is scheduled June 30th and bids are due and will be opened on July 6th. The project can start in late August after we are able to reoccupy the Administration building. We hope to have this project complete by summer 2011. The work that PSC did on this building will transform it into something really nice. I believe everyone will be pleased.

We are anticipating that we may be able to connect the Fitness Center to the heating and cooling loop. We will be considering this in the future. In addition, the circuit equipment is obsolete and we will be bringing a replacement bid for this equipment to you for consideration.

We are looking at some serious campus drainage problems on the east side of the campus. Initial estimates of cost were around $250,000 but we are looking at alternatives that will drastically reduce this cost.

Other General Comments: The bond project continues to progress well. We are approaching the end of two more projects, the Science Addition and the Central Plant and Loop. It will be wonderful to have these behind us. The work on the Science Building and the Practical Arts Building will be a new challenge but we are looking forward to the improvements and the outcome.

We did not feel that we could do sidewalk and street repairs within the credit offered to us by the contractors and have instructed the contractors to do this work as originally specified in the bid. Our sidewalks have really taken a beating in this project and there will be a great deal of work to be done in order to put them back in acceptable condition. In addition, we have a good bit of street repair to do in the interior of the campus. This will also be done by the contractors.

We are carefully watching the allocation of bond funds. The bids for the Phase III/Science Building renovation and Phase IIIb/Practical Arts Building renovation will help to complete the picture as to where we stand financially. I have prepared a list of needed projects. Dr. Sparks and the administrative team on the Big Spring campus have begun prioritizing it. We will not have enough money to do everything but it is our plan to address items that are in Phases II and III of our master plan. We have definitely benefitted from the good bidding climate so far. I hope this continues for a little while longer.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

Bond Project Update - April 26, 2010

Recent activities and meetings:

  • March 23, 25, 30, April 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 19, 22 –Construction progress meetings with Bond Project Superintendent Richard Johnson;
  • March 31, April 14 – Project Meetings: PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems, and projections;
  • March 24 – Met with PSC regarding concerns with glass/window frame selections and installation;
  • March 31 – Met with staff and administration regarding plans for move out/move in of various buildings;
  • April 7 – HC faculty representatives and HC administration met with PSC architects and engineers to refine and complete Phase III plans and drawings;
  • April 21 – Met with PSC landscape architect regarding campus landscape master plan.

Project Report - Completed projects:

  • Electrical Primary
  • Phase I - A&E Wings
  • Phase II (SUB, Horace Garrett)
  • Water Sewer

Projects under way:

Science Building addition (part of the Phase I project) is near completion. This part of the project has gone long but it has not been a significant impact to our operation.

The new elevator has been delivered and installation is complete except for the hook-up of the emergency telephone. Next, we will have to get a State Inspection before it can be turned on. The student and instructor science tables are installed. The fume hoods have been installed and calibrated and are ready for use. The floor covering was installed last week in the main hallway and the building is being cleaned today. Only minor items are left to be done including some metal panels being installed on the exterior. We are nearing occupancy now. Some work remains where the new building connects to the old. We are very pleased with the outcome.

The Administration Building (Phase IIB)
painters are taping and floating interior drywall now. Mechanical & electrical contractors are complete up to the state of the building’s progress at this time. Restoration and cleaning of the exterior masonry is almost completed and it looks fantastic. All of the stained rock work has been cleaned to its original look and beauty. We are now ready to rock the three new columns on the north side of the building and waiting for the masons to return. These columns were added so that the supplemental electrical and piping can be hidden and not be exposed on the outside of the building as it has been for many years. Fire protection is underway inside the building. Progress is good but completion by August will be a challenge. This building is our front door and Lee George and his staff are working hard to make sure that this building is going to present the look that we want when it is finished.

And, while speaking of our front door, we are looking at the front of the Administration Building in terms of the landscaping and the wooden covered walkways. First and foremost, we are very fond of our trees and vegetation that grace so much of our campus. In front of the Administration building, there are several pine trees planted in a bed in front of the large window at the main entrance. This area is overgrown now and is too near the building for such large trees. In addition, the elevation of this bed and the associated trees’ root balls are too high. The soil that is above the building’s first floor grade is beginning to cause damage to this building. We are having water coming into the building and have even seen roots that are beginning to grow into and through the brick walls of the building. In consultation with our project architects and with PSC’s landscape architect, Carrie Batla, we have come to the difficult decision that some trees must be removed and the soil in this area should be taken back below the grade level of the building’s first floor slab to prevent further physical damage from occurring to this building. As stated previously, we love our trees and this has been a painful decision and we are trying to save any that we can. We are also contacting companies that move trees to consider the possibility of moving them to an area around the new science wing. However, we are concerned the cost may be prohibitive in light of the potential loss of the trees after moving them. On a positive note, however, we do feel that it will restore the historic and long appreciated iconic view of the Howard College administration building. We have lost sight of this building from the front of campus as our landscape has matured and has hidden it now for many years.

In addition, the wooden covered walkway is now over thirty years old. We did some major repair work to stabilize it and to preserve it about ten or twelve years ago. The structure is now leaning again, and the wood is no longer strong, stable, or safe. The recommended action is that this structure should be removed. We are planning to move in this direction, however, nothing has been done at this time. There are also several raised planting beds that are lined with 4x4 lumber. Many of these posts are rotting off at the ground and falling over. Much of this will need to be removed and/or replaced. We also have ADA accessibility issues in this area. There are too many steps and not enough accessible routes into the building. Further, much of this walkway is covered with dark red pavers. These pavers are detaching from the concrete underlayment below which creates maintenance and safety issues. The long term viability of these pavers is also in question.

Our plan is to try to preserve what we can and what is appropriate, while still addressing the maintenance, safety, and accessibility issues in these areas. When we have removed the elements that I have discussed above, we will better be able to see what the new image will be and then if something needs to be added back, we can certainly do that. As we move ahead, we will be able to see if we can handle these items with change orders or if it would be more appropriate to prepare a bid package for this work.

The Central chiller/boiler plant and loop project continues. Piping to connect the cooling tower is complete. The contractor has been cleaning pipes and systems and sterilizing the system. Testing of the chillers is planned for next week. If this testing goes well, we could see buildings being connected to the new system in two or three weeks at which time we will be on the new system.

The Phase III project (renovation of the existing science building) is now out to bid. The bid opening is May 20th. PSC has done a nice job on the renovation of this building. It will be a wonderful classroom and laboratory facility. The science complex when completed will provide five laboratories, nine smart classrooms (including two lecture halls), sixteen faculty offices plus associated clerical spaces. Abatement of this building which will take about three weeks will begin at the end of May and renovation will begin when the abatement is complete. We plan to complete this project by the end of December but everything will have to go smoothly for this to happen.

The renovation of the Practical Arts Building (Phase IIIB) is planned to go out to bid in June. We are still working to perfect the layout of the cosmetology area. Some classroom areas in the building will also be reconfigured to better suit existing and future services planned for this building. Bid opening for this project is planned for July 6th and the project can start in late August after we are able to reoccupy the Administration building. We hope to have this project complete by summer 2011.

Other General Comments:
The bond project continues to progress on schedule. Things will be picking up soon when the Science building gets under way. It does give us a sense of accomplishment to see some of the projects completed.

We are delaying some of the patching of streets and sidewalks on the interior of campus. We are asking contractors to quantify credits in case we want to use these funds to improve things or even to make changes. If we do not like what we are offered, we will simply have things patched back like they were. We did accept two credits from the water sewer contractor and the HVAC loop contractor for replacing the grass that was removed during all of the excavation on campus. We felt that we could do a better job replacing this ourselves and the credits were more than adequate to cover all of the costs, including labor.

We are carefully watching the allocation of bond funds. We still feel that the bond project is under budget. This will allow us to address other needs on campus that were not originally planned for this bond project. We are pleased about this. The experts tell us that the competitive bidding climate is expected to last for twelve to eighteen months. This should be perfect for us and enable us to complete all of the projects within this favorable climate.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

Bond Project Update - March 22, 2010

Recent activities and meetings:

  • March 2, 4, 9,11,16 –Construction progress meetings with Bond Project Superintendent, Richard Johnson.
  • March 3, 17 – Project Meetings: PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors, and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems, and projections.
  • March 3 – Met with PSC to review proposed landscape plans for this campus
  • March 3 – Walk through to develop punch list for the Water Sewer Project.
  • March 9 - PSC engineers on campus to make recommendations regarding final connections and existing loop pumps that are existing within buildings.

Project Report - Completed projects:

  • Electrical Primary
  • Phase I - A&E Wings
  • Phase II (SUB, Horace Garrett)
  • Water Sewer

Projects under way:

Science Building addition (part of the Phase I project) is near completion. The new elevator has been delivered and installation is almost complete. The student and instructor science tables are on site and being installed this week. As stated in the previous report of March 1, we should be able to move into the building in spring, but it is doubtful that we will try to relocate classes since there will not be much of the semester left. We will, however, be able to use this time to get the building set up for summer classes.

The Administration Building (Phase IIB) project is progressing nicely. Carpentry work is continuing inside the building and we are all very pleased with progress so far. A few minor modifications have been made by the college administration that will make our use of the building more efficient. We feel that we are making good progress and that we will be able to reoccupy the building in August as planned.

The Central chiller/boiler plant and loop project is progressing nicely. The six new boilers and two new centrifugal chillers are all in place now. Piping is complete inside the central plant and the cooling tower is almost complete. We are still confident that we will have the central plant online by April. The piping loop is essentially complete except for the final filling of ditches and the building tie-ins. I had reported previously that we might be on the new system by April 1, however, this was probably a misunderstanding on my part. What should have been reported is that the start up of the central plant is scheduled for April 1 but the new central plant will not begin supplying heating and chilled water until sometime later. I do not have an exact/planned date for this at this time.

Phase III – The Phase III project continues to progress. The programming for the Practical Arts building continues. It now appears that we can complete the plans this month and then put them out for bid to bring to the April board meeting. If we can push the project that fast, the Science building abatement and renovation could begin in May and “possibly” be complete by the start of the spring semester. However, it is a lofty goal. The P.A. abatement and renovation is planned to be delayed until fall 2010 which would put completion sometime around the end of the spring semester of 2010. Obviously, then, both buildings should be back online by Fall 2010. The reasoning on the delayed start for the P.A. is that we need to have the Administration building back online so that we can locate some functions now in the P.A. to the Administration Building. This will keep us from having to rent more space off campus.

Other General Comments: The bond project continues to progress generally on schedule. The fast paced intensity of the first months of the project has relaxed. As Phase III gets underway I expect that we will see the pace pick back up. It does give us a sense of accomplishment to see some of the projects completed.

We will monitor closely the Phase III bids, as this will determine how much additional work we will be able to do with remaining funds of the G.O. Bond. As we have stated in previous reports and in the meetings, we do feel that we will be able to go beyond the scope of work originally planned for this bond issue. Just exactly what and how much beyond will be determined by the Phase III project and the future bidding climate.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.


Bond Project Update - March 1, 2010

Recent activities and meetings:

  • January 26, 28, February 2, 4, 9, 16, 23, 25 –Construction progress meetings with Bond Project Superintendent, Richard Johnson.
  • February 3, 17 – Project Meetings: PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors, and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems, and projections.
  • February 1 – Discussed Phase III (Science & Practical Arts Renovations) plans with Cabinet
  • February 9 – Walk through to close out Water Sewer Project.
  • February 10 - Met with PSC to plan Phase III project.
  • February 19 – Cabinet meets to discuss Phase III project plans and make programming decisions.

Project Report - Completed Projects:

  • Electrical Primary
  • Phase I - A&E Wings
  • Phase II (SUB, Horace Garrett)
  • Water Sewer

Projects Under Way:

Science Building addition (part of the Phase I project) is near completion. The new elevator has been delivered and installation is well under way. The store-front aluminum windows and doors are installed in the lobby area. Carpet installation is still on hold waiting for millwork to be installed. The student and instructor science tables are in production. A delivery date has not been scheduled at this time but we should have these on-site in the next few weeks. Installation will only take a few days once they are on-site. The move into the building is planned for the spring, but we do not plan to relocate classes at that time. We will, however, be able to use this time to get the building set up for summer classes.

The Administration Building (Phase IIB) project is progressing nicely. Most of the mechanical systems are in place now. The brick infill work on the windows to be closed is complete and we are beginning to see the look that the building will have. Carpentry work is continuing inside the building and we are pleased with the progress to date. We feel that we are making good progress and that we will be able to reoccupy the building in August as planned.

The Central chiller/boiler plant and loop project is making good progress. The six new boilers and two new centrifugal chillers are all in place now. Piping is complete inside the central plant and the structure for the cooling tower is complete. The cooling tower equipment was received last week and installation will begin soon. We are still confident that we will have the central plant online by April. The piping loop is approximately 80% complete. The building tie-ins will be one of the last things completed. Most of the work going on now is filling in the ditches on campus. In some areas we are beginning to see things return to normal. Of course it will take time to re-establish grass in these areas.

Phase III – Phase III planning is coming along well. We have programmed the work in the Science building for the most part. The programming for the Practical Arts building is still not finalized and in fact may change due to decisions about where the cosmetology program will best fit. We do have asbestos in both of these buildings, so we will first do abatement as we have in the other buildings that have been touched by the bond project. If the plans and bidding can be completed in the next few weeks, we may be able to start work on the Science Building abatement and renovation by mid May in hopes of a completion date of December 2010. The Practical Arts building abatement and renovation may be delayed until fall 2010 which would put completion sometime around the end of the spring semester of 2011. The timing will be worked out more closely as we progress more deeply into this part of the project. Part of the reasoning for this delayed start for the Practical Arts building is that we need to have the Administration building back online so that we can locate some functions now in the Practical Arts building to the Administration Building.

Other General Comments:
The bond project is progressing generally on schedule. The fast paced intensity of the project has slacked off a little for now. There doesn't seem to be the day to day decision making going on that we saw during the last few months. As Phase III gets underway I expect that we will see a return of this intensity. For now, at least, we are enjoying the calm.

As we look forward to completing Phase IIb (the Administration Building) and even to the Phase III project we feel anticipation. We still feel that we will be able to go beyond the scope of the first phase of our master plan. This is truly significant, because when we started the bond project, the bidding climate was still very high and we were worried that would not even be able to complete what was scheduled in the first phase of the master plan. In fact, the Practical Arts building was considered the project that we would do only "if" we had enough funds to do it. At this time we will be able to do the Practical Arts building plus more. Only time and bidding will tell how much more, however. This is great news for the college and the community that so graciously funded this project.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

Bond Project Update - January 25, 2010

Recent activities and meetings:

  • January 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 –Construction progress meetings with Bond Project Superintendent, Richard Johnson and Robert Williams.
  • January 6, 20 –Project Meetings: PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors, and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems, and projections.
  • January 13 – HC administrative team met with PSC regarding Science Building renovation project.
  • January 21 – HC administrative team programming meeting on Science Building renovation.
  • January 22 – Planning meeting regarding Phase III project regarding schedule of plans, bidding and project.
  • January 22 – Begin planning asbestos abatement of Science and PA buildings.

Project Report - Completed Projects:

  • Electrical Primary
  • Phase I - A&E Wings
  • Phase II (SUB, Horace Garrett)

Projects Under Way:

The Water/Sewer project is still not quite complete. Almost all of the remaining items are clean-up and finish-up items. I should be able to report to you that this project is fully complete in my next report.

Science Building addition (part of the Phase I project) is near completion. As reported to you previously, the delivery of the new elevator was delayed. Shipment is scheduled for February 8, with installation to be complete around March 1. We are still waiting for the store-front aluminum windows and doors to be installed in the lobby area. Carpet installation is on hold waiting for this. There was an issue with the science tables from the manufacturer and the tables had to be re-designed. Delivery and installation could be as long as ten weeks or more. Because of the delay in science tables, it is now looking like we will not be able to move into this building until the mid to late Spring semester. We were all hoping for an earlier move-in date, however this will not be possible. When I have more information I will pass it along to you.

The Administration Building (Phase IIB) project is progressing nicely. Insulators are wrapping the HVAC piping now and carpentry crews have begun work inside the building in the areas that are to be re-configured. As you saw in our walk-through a few days ago, the functionality of the building will be much improved by some of the changes that we have made. The masonry crews have made good progress on the window closures. The building already has a cleaner outside appearance.

The Central chiller/boiler plant and loop project is back on schedule. We are expecting to have the central plant online by April. The piping loop is probably 75% complete. Of course we still have all of the building tie-ins to go once the new central plant is online. The digging on campus has been almost unimaginable during the fall semester and over the Christmas and New Year holidays. The contractors have done an excellent job of protecting the ditches and keeping pedestrians out of dangerous areas. As you saw, we have two wooden bridges that span the ditch near the Student Union Building. This is an interesting effect for our students, I am sure. I am very surprised that I have not had more questions than I have. It seems that everyone just expects this now. Interesting…

The metal building that will house our central heating and cooling plant equipment is progressing nicely and is now completely enclosed. The contractor will begin installing equipment in the near future. The cooling tower that will stand near the new central plant will be installed soon.

Phase III – I am now working on Phase III. This project will address infrastructure and repairs to the old Science building and the PA building. But first, we have asbestos abatement to do in both of these buildings. We are considering starting this project in mid May but this could change. We must have assurances that the Administration Building will be completed before Fall 2010 for us to even consider taking both of these buildings off-line at the same time. There is still scheduling work to do here, particularly in the instructional areas. I will most likely be able to report to you more definitively on Phase III next month.

Other General Comments: The power outage held on December 28 went well and allowed us to complete additional repairs and to connect the new central plant to the primary loop. We may have still one more planned electrical outage to go before we finish this project.

The bond project is progressing on schedule. As we look back to the projects that are complete or almost complete we feel a sense of accomplishment. As we look forward to completing Phase IIB (the Administration Building) and even to the Phase III project we feel anticipation. Unless the bidding climate changes, I still feel that we will be able to go beyond the scope originally thought to be possible within the funds available. That will be wonderful for the college and the community that so graciously funded this project.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

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