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Iowa Central bond issue would pay for multiple projects

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The steps on the Iowa Central Community College parking ramps are suffering serious corrosion from exposure to the elements and the salt used to thaw snow and ice.

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.

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Iowa Central Community College Public Relations Director Paul DeCoursey checks a window in the Science Building for air leaks. Many of the building’s windows are in need of replacement.

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.

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Iowa Central Community College Public Relations Director Paul DeCoursey looks over an electrical panel in the Science Building. Electrical upgrades are among the needs in some of the older buildings on campus.

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

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Sections of the roof show staining from water leaks that have occured in the Science Building at Iowa Central Community College.

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.

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The steps on the Iowa Central Community College parking ramps are suffering serious corrosion from exposure to the elements and the salt used to thaw snow and ice.

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

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A window in the Iowa Central Community College Science Building shows moisture trapped between two panes of glass in a window that’s lost its seal to the elements.

New windows, a new roof and electrical upgrades are planned.