TJC approves maximum costs for 2 facilities

Published on Thursday, 12 December 2013 23:11 - Written by By Emily Guevara

Cost boundaries related to two Tyler Junior College construction projects have been set.

The board approved a guaranteed maximum price of $41.85 million for the construction of the Robert M. Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Center, which is scheduled to open in 2015.

The center, which is being constructed near the corner of East Fifth Street and South Fleishel Avenue, will allow the college to expand its allied health programs and produce more graduates annually.

Construction will be paid for through a combination of voter-approved bond funds, student user fees and private donations.

HGR+Turner Joint Venture is building the facility with design by SmithGroup JJR.

The board also approved a guaranteed maximum price of $1.4 million for the first phase of work on the Energy Center at the TJC West Campus.

The Energy Center is a three-story addition that will be made to the Skills Training Center.

Although revenue bonds will pay for the construction of this facility up front, funds received from tax increment financing over 15 years will pay back the debt.

The board addressed some of the learning that will take place inside these buildings when it approved the creation of three academic programs: occupational therapy assistant, wellness and exercise specialist and electrical/electronic controls specialist.

The health-related programs will be housed in the new Rogers building and the electrical program will be housed in the new Energy Center. These program proposals now have to be submitted to two other agencies for approval.

Finally, the board heard a report from Kevin Cashion with the accounting firm Gollob Morgan Peddy regarding the college’s fiscal year 2013 audit.

The firm issued an unqualified “clean” opinion, the highest opinion it can give. In addition, the auditors found no deficiencies or material weaknesses related to the college’s internal controls or its handling of federal financial aid monies.