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Chatham County awards construction bids for library and community college facilities

Posted Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - At its July 20 meeting, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners awarded bids to begin construction of facilities at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) in Pittsboro, including the Chatham Community Library and a classroom facility. The bids for the CCCC facilities were 13% or $1.28 million lower than the bids received in August 2008.

Later this month, CCCC’s Board of Trustees are expected to award a bid to begin construction of a new industrial and adult education center in Siler City, replacing an outdated, overcrowded facility. Funded by the county, work should begin in September and should be completed in 12 months.

The commissioners approved the bid from Barnhill Construction to serve as contractor for the two facilities in Pittsboro. Both will be energy efficient and will meet, as a minimum, LEED Silver standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Construction is expected to begin in late August, with the classroom facility to be ready by early July 2010 and the library slated for completion by the end of July 2010, according to Renee Paschal, assistant county manager.

The commissioners delayed consideration of two optional features until their August 17 meeting:

  • A proposed green roof for the classroom building would reduce interior heat gain and enhance overall energy efficiency.
  • An alternative wastewater system in both buildings would use treated rainwater and wastewater to flush toilets, supply cooling tower water and provide landscape irrigation.
Additional information on these features will be available in the next few weeks.

The library will serve as both the county’s main library and as CCCC’s campus library. The educational building offers classrooms for sustainable agriculture and environmental technologies, such as construction techniques for “green buildings” and production of bio-fuels. It also will include culinary arts, with a special emphasis on using locally produced foods.

The CCCC campus in Pittsboro already has the only sustainable agriculture degree program in the southeastern region of the country.

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