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Central Carolina Community College expanding in Chatham County

Posted Monday, August 3, 2009

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Siler City, NC – Central Carolina Community College will see major expansion in Chatham County as construction for three new buildings gets under way this summer.

At its July 29 meeting at the college’s Lee County Campus, the board of trustees accepted the low bid of Monteith Construction Corp., of Monroe, to build the college’s new Siler City Center. The base bid was $3.3 million and total contract amount, $4.16 million. The project, designed by Hobbs Architects, of Pittsboro, will be paid for by Chatham County.

Since 1984, the college has operated the Siler City Center out of the former Henry Siler Elementary School. The 24,500 square-foot Center will greatly increase the space for industrial and adult education. The building will meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED energy efficiency Silver certification, or higher. Construction is scheduled to start in late August at the site in the Central Carolina Business Campus.

Also at its July 29 meeting, the board of trustees approved a draft of the lease agreement between the college and the county for the Center for Sustainable Technologies building on the Chatham Campus. The lease provides for an annual $1 rental fee from the college to the county. The college had previously deeded the site for the building to the county, which is paying for construction.

The college is nicknamed “Green Central” because of its leadership in sustainable, environmentally friendly programs. The 17,000-square-foot Center for Sustainable Technologies will house the sustainable agriculture, alternative energy-biofuels, renewable energy, green building, and Natural Chef culinary arts programs. Construction is scheduled to begin in August and be completed by July 2010. A portion of the college’s walking trail will be closed during construction.

At the July 29 meeting, the board of trustees approved agreements with the N.C. Department of Transportation for the DOT to build a roundabout at a new entrance to the Chatham Campus. The entrance will provide access to the campus from Highway 87.

The county is also building a 25,000-square-foot Chatham Community Library on the Chatham Campus. Construction is scheduled to begin in August on this county-college joint-use facility. The Sustainable Technologies building and the Library were designed by Cherry Huffman Associates, of Raleigh, and will built by Barnhill Construction, of Tarboro, at a cost of approximately $8 million. Both buildings will be energy efficient, meeting, at least, the LEED Silver standard.

“This is an exciting time for the college in Chatham County,” said CCCC President Bud Marchant. “We are delighted that the Chatham County Board of Commissioners is now able to move forward with these construction projects. We have the programs and we have people interested in enrolling. Now, we will have the space to accommodate many more and deliver the educational services that will benefit the residents, communities and businesses of a thriving Chatham County.”

In other business, the board of trustee:

  • welcomed two new board members: George Lucier, of Bynum, chairman of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners; and Ophelia Livingston, of Sanford, License and Compliance manager for The Pantry;
  • received a report that the final count for spring enrollment in curriculum classes was a record 4,722. The previous spring semester high was 4,474 in 2007. Enrollment in continuing education was 15,844 (duplicated headcount);
  • were informed that the college has received approval from the FCC to purchase a new radio tower for the Lee County Campus; and,
  • approved a sliding-scale tuition schedule for the college’s preschool at the Chatham County Campus.
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