The meeting follows a sealed bid opening which was held Wednesday, March 15, 2017, on the main campus of Arkansas Northeastern College. Eight general contractors submitted sealed bids for the project. CNI submitted the low bid of $12,875,000.00 for the construction of the facility and to implement a campus wide drainage plan.
The approximate 88,000 square foot center will actually decrease the College’s overall facilities by 30,000 square feet by consolidating the Burdette Center, Harry L. Crisp Center, and the ACME Center—with an estimated costs savings for the College of approximately $100,000 a year in maintenance. The new facility will feature a headquarters for the College’s customized training force—The Solutions Group, including general purpose classrooms, electrical classroom & lab, mechanical classroom/lab, safety classroom/lab, HVAC classroom & lab, computer classroom, and large multi-purpose room. Additionally, a world-class welding laboratory will be available for students. Secondary Center students from area high schools will also be served on the ANC Main Campus by classroom & lab facilities for advanced manufacturing, welding, criminal justice, education, and construction/carpentry. The design incorporates a computer lab for the Secondary Center. Also featured in the facility is an aircraft compound, combination non-destructive testing (NDT) & composites laboratory, and general purpose classrooms to fully accommodate ANC’s Federal Aviation Administration— certified Aviation Maintenance Program. Even though only one floor level is planned, the building design features a two-story-height aviation compound, welding laboratory, and glass entrance tower to add to the building’s distinctiveness and appeal.
Funding for the facility will come from a variety of sources including college resources, bond proceeds, private contributions, and support from the ANC Foundation. External fund-raising will continue throughout the construction of the project to lessen the amount of borrowing needed.
Construction will begin next month with a scheduled completion date of summer 2018.