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Renovations planned for Owens campus this summer PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Friday, 14 June 2013 09:43
FINDLAY - The Owens Community College's main campus will be bustling with work on facilities this summer.
The college's capital planning budget will use all state funds from Senate Bill 312 and House Bill 482; no local budget funds will be used, Michael McDonald, associate vice president of operations, told the board of trustees Tuesday.
A bid of $2.4 million was awarded to Midwest Contracting Inc., of Holland, Ohio, for renovations to the Culinary Arts Center in Heritage Hall.
The project will renovate the west end of Heritage Hall to create new kitchens, dining area and storage areas for the Culinary Arts Program.
Construction should be completed by early October in time for the first compressed eight-week culinary art classes, McDonald said.
The board also approved a bid of $73,000 for the Math Lab II renovations within the Transportation Technologies Building. Stough and Stough Architects, Sylvania, are leading the project. Willson Builders will be the general contractor.
The project requires removal of a wall between classrooms, and creating an instructor area.
Construction should be completed by the beginning of fall semester.
Bids have been awarded to the Dotson Company for $49,771 to create an MRI lab in Bicentennial Hall, which houses the nursing program, including laboratories and classrooms.
The south half of roof of the Facility Services building is being replaced after being damaged by a wind storm last summer. Chaney Roofing Maintenance in Clyde got the contract.
According to McDonald, summer projects also include door and window replacements, carpet replacements, building exterior maintenance, sound reduction at Founders Hall, parking lot repairs and outdoor lighting retrofits.
He reported that savings also will be seen by the renegotiation of two contracts.
A $200,000 cost avoidance will be noted in fiscal year 2014 by renegotiating a contract with AVI FoodSystems. An estimated $50,000 in additional revenue from dining operations also is tied to this change.
The college also has teamed up with Bowling Green State University and renegotiated service contracts with Blackboard to lower the annual point-of-sale software maintenance by $50,000 a year for the next five years, McDonald reported.
The savings from both changes will be directed to the college's reserve accounts.
Also at the meeting, college President Mike Bower said he has met with the YMCA and JCC of Toledo to discuss their interest in taking over Owens Child Care Center.
This was a preliminary discussion only.
The college will close the center on its Perrysburg Township campus at the end of this month to save $340,000 annually.
The school enrolled 94 children this year, providing care for ages 6 weeks to 8 years.

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