Board to vote on max prices for new facilities

Published on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 23:44 - Written by From Staff Reports

The Tyler Junior College Board of Trustees will consider several steps in the construction process for two new facilities during today’s board meeting.

The board is scheduled to vote on the guaranteed maximum price for the Robert M. Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Center.

The proposed price for the center is $41.85 million. It is scheduled to open in 2015. Construction will be paid for through a combination of voter-approved bond funds, student user fees and private donations.

The board also is scheduled to vote on the guaranteed maximum price for the first phase of work on the Energy Center at the TJC West Campus.

The proposed price is almost $1.4 million. 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.

Apart from construction, the board is scheduled to vote on the creation of three academic programs.

These are occupational therapy assistant, wellness and exercise specialist and electrical/electronic controls specialist. The health-related programs will be housed in the new Rogers building. The electrical program will be housed in the new Energy Center.

Provided the board approves the programs, the proposals will be submitted to two other agencies for approval in the coming months.

In addition to these items, the board is scheduled to discuss and vote on the audit for fiscal year 2013. The college received an unqualified “clean” opinion from the firm Gollob Morgan Peddy.

The board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the Apache Room No. 3 in Rogers Student Center on the college’s main campus, 1400 E. Fifth St.