Iowa Central bond issue would pay for multiple projects
The $25.5 million general obligation bond issue proposed by Iowa Central Community College would pay for a variety of building improvement projects. Here’s a summary of them.
Student Success Center – $6 million
This new building on the Fort Dodge campus would consolidate veterans services, enrollment services, student advising, financial aid, counseling, health care, career services, distance learning and the early intervention support program into one site.
”We have good services, but the problem is they’re all over campus,” college President Dan Kinney said.
Bill Greehey, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate who was the chief executive officer of Valero Energy Corp. has donated $3 million for the center. The center will be a 44,000 square-foot, two-story building.
Decker Auditorium — $3 million
This auditorium on the Fort Dodge campus, which is the site of events for both the college and the community, was built in 1976. Electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements are planned.
Safety Improvements — $3 million
This money will be spent to upgrade the video surveillance system in all buildings of the Eagle Grove, Fort Dodge, Storm Lake and Webster City campuses.
It will also be used to install remote access control locks for exterior doors and to update locks on interior doors.
Science Building — $3 million
The Science Building is one of the original buildings on the campus and it now needs multiple repairs.
Career Academies — $2 million
These facilities will improve partnerships with area high schools.
New Biofuels Testing Lab — $2 million
The college has a biofuels testing lab in the Bioscience and Health Sciences Building where ethanol and biodiesel samples for Iowa and 39 other states are tested. The lab also performs tests for six foreign countries. Kinney said the lab has outgrown its current space. Construction of a new lab in the industrial park west of Fort Dodge called Iowa’s Crossroads of Global Innovation is proposed.
Remodeling the Student Services Building — $2 million
This project will create 10 additional classrooms.
Storm Lake Center — $2.5 million
A new industrial training facility would be built in Storm Lake.
Applied Science and Technology Building — $1 million
This is another one of the oldest buildings on the Fort Dodge campus. It needs electrical system improvements to handle today’s computers and robotics.
Liberal Arts Building — $500,000
This is another of the original buildings on the Fort Dodge campus. New windows, roof repairs and electrical upgrades are planned.
Webster City Center — $500,000
New windows, a new roof and electrical upgrades are planned.