Plans for the new Logan County Area Technology Center in Russellville are well underway and the Logan County Board of Education approved a new timeline for the project last week that could see groundbreaking get under way this summer.
The board intends to begin advertising for bids in May with a bid date set for June 21. Once a bid is accepted for the construction of the building, work could begin in late July.
According to the timeline provided to the board by architect Keith Sharp, the construction could be completed by July of 2017.
The technology, furnishings and shop equipment schedule would including advertising for bids in October of this year with installation being completed around the same time the construction is finished.
Designs for what the building will look like were presented last year.
The building area will be 68,000 square feet and includes classrooms for 10 instruction programs: two health science rooms, two business education rooms and one each for information technology, drafting/AutoCAD, automotive technology, electricity technology, welding technology and machine tool technology.
The new ATC will also have a modern 68KW photovoltaic solar array, which will provide 25 percent of the building’s power and has a nine-year capital payback.
The building will be located on Bowling Green Road just east of Russellville.
“It will be in the area right now that is sometimes used as a cross country track for the high school,” said Logan Economic Alliance for Development executive director Tom Harned. “It will be very visible – about six or eight feet above the elevation of the roadway. That’s important for a number of reasons, because we want this to be a very attractive building that will attract students.”
The main entrance for the new ATC will be the same one currently used for the high school, but a secondary exit will be put from the building onto Bowling Green Road.
The project is expected to cost about $20 million. Of that, $14.5 million will go toward building the actual structure while the rest of the budget will be used to finish the inside with the necessary instructional equipment.
The original goal was to have students in the building by spring of 2017.
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