Construction begins on long-anticipated career tech-ed center at Treasure Valley Community College

Workers do preliminary groundwork for the construction on the new Career Technical Education Building on the north side of the Vo-Tech Building at Treasure Valley Community College Tuesday.

ONTARIO — Excavation is underway next to the Vo-Tech Building at Treasure Valley Community College where a career technical education building is being added.

Work at the site began Monday, between the Vo-Tech Building and the Science Building, to the north. The projected move-in date is Jan. 6, 2021, said Bernie Babcock, who is in charge of buildings and grounds.

The general contractor is Petra.

The original plans were for the building to be about 30,000 square feet. However, Babcock, during a presentation at a recent meeting of the TVCC Board of Directors, said the facility would be about 27,000 square feet, as the existing Vo-Tech building was discovered than originally thought.

The pay for the project TVCC officials were able to obtain a $3 million grant from the Economic Development Administration, $2.83 million in matching funds from the State of Oregon, as well as a blend of funds from both private and public resources.

The building will provide space for welding, fabrication, agriculture, natural resources, and industrial manufacturing and controls.

Because of the increase in construction costs, college officials, with the help of then-Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, were able to secure an additional $975,000 to fill a funding gap.

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