After delay, tech center bidding process is on again

By Katheran Wasson Published:

Plans to expand the Franklin County Career and Technical Center are about to move forward again – school district officials are reopening the bidding process after it proved too costly the first time around.

The school district will open for construction bids April 19 for a scaled-down, one-story addition to the building, estimated to cost $9.5 million. 

The proposed L-shaped building will connect the existing CTC to Franklin County High School, and it’s expected to save the district about $1.6 million over the original, two-story plan.

The Board of Education rejected all seven construction bids for that project in September, after the lowest came in at nearly $1.8 million over budget. 

The redesign will delay the project nearly a year.

Construction could begin in June 2012, and students could move into the building by August 2013, according architects’ documents provided Monday. Contractors will continue minor tasks until October.

Architects previously told school board members that construction could be complete by December 2012.

Renovations and additions will more than double the center’s size from 24,668 square feet to 57,126 square feet

The automotive technology, carpentry, mechatronics and welding programs will stay in the current building, along with three additional classrooms.

The addition will include office space, a computer lab and rooms to study pre-engineering, digital electronics, engineering technology, information technology, and biomedical and health fields. 

CTC was built in 1968. The center teaches skills like automotive repair, carpentry, health sciences and welding to local high schoolers. Its renovation is listed as the first priority on Franklin County’s facility plan.


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