The Franklin County Board of Education has awarded an $8.7 million bid to Alliance Corp. of Glasgow, Ky., for major renovations to the Career and Technical Center.
Plans to expand the center were revived last month, when school district officials reopened the bidding after it proved too costly the first time around.
The scaled-down, one-story addition to the building was estimated at $9.5 million – a savings of about $1.6 million over the original, two-story plan.
But the bid from Alliance Corp., which also built the new Hearn Elementary School, came in even lower than expected.
Alliance Corp. was the lowest of five bidders, coming in about $11,000 under the next highest bidder, Parco Construction of Louisville.
The Board of Education voted Monday to bond $10.35 million to complete the project – $8.5 million to be paid by the school district, and approximately $1.7 million in state assistance.
Including $1.4 million in cash payments, the total cost of the project comes to $11.8 million, according to documents presents to board members Monday.
Construction could begin in June 2012 on an L-shaped building that will connect the existing CTC to Franklin County High School.
Students could move in building by August 2013, according architects’ documents provided in March, although contractors will continue with minor tasks until October.
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.