TERRE HAUTE —
Renovation of the Learning Achievement Building for the use of diesel technology gained unanimous approval Monday from Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley’s Board of Trustees.
“We met with Tom Hoback, CEO of Indiana Rail Road, and they have a tremendous need” for diesel mechanics, said Ivy Tech Chancellor Ann Valentine after the special board meeting held in a conference room at Clabber Girl, the corner of Ninth Street and Wabash Avenue in Terre Haute.
“They have entered into an informal partnership with us to try and help train folks, not only in diesel, but to give them a taste of locomotive diesel, which is a little bit different than over-the-road diesel,” Valentine said.
“We want to help [Indiana Railroad] have people who are work-ready by the time they leave the college,” she said.
Hannig Construction was the lowest of four bidders for renovation of the building — which formerly housed Doughmakers in the Vigo County Industrial Park south of Terre Haute — for labs, classrooms and equipment for diesel programming. The board approved Hannig’s construction bid of $878,900. All four bids were below Ivy Tech’s construction estimate of $1.3 million, said Gary B. Murphy, Ivy Tech director of facilities.
“Hannig originally built the [former Doughmakers] building, so they are very familiar with the building,” Murphy told board members.
An alternate bid of $11,500 was also included. That bid is to paint ceilings, piping and a dividing wall to help brighten up the diesel area, Murphy said. The total projected cost, with engineering, legal and contingency fees, is now $1,077,584.
Ivy Tech’s state board is set to vote Thursday on funding for the project. “We are hopeful this will be approved,” Valentine said.
Murphy said diesel technology will occupy about 18,000 square feet, with one permanent lift and two portable lifts. The facility is planned to open for fall semester 2014.
Students who complete the program will receive associate’s degrees in automotive technology with a concentration in diesel technology. Ivy Tech expects to initially have 20 students and expand up to 60 students, Valentine said.
The former Doughmakers building will house a veterinarian area, nursing and diesel technology. It will also eventually house the Terre Haute Humane Society.
“We believe there is adequate zoning,” Valentine said. “There will be different HVAC systems in the two units. What the Humane Society would need is different than diesel. That is part of the fundraising and architectural design for each section.”
“Before we bought the building [in 2012], we wanted to make sure we have programming that could go in the entire building that was sustainable,” Valentine said.
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