Governor's bonding includes DCTC project
In December, members of the community cut the ribbon marking the completion of Phase 1 of renovations to Dakota County Technical College. Now, the hope is money will come through for the second phase of the project.
DCTC Operations manager Paul DeMuth is hopeful they have the legislative support to be included in the 2014 Bonding Bill. At the very least, DCTC has the backing of the governor. In his bonding bill, Governor Mark Dayton recommended $7.586 million to complete the project.
“I think it looks really good. I am gearing up for the design phase and moving forward,” said DeMuth.
The project will include 63,000 square feet and will improve program areas including the Heavy Duty Truck Technology, Heavy Construction Equipment Technology, Nanoscience Technology, Energy Technical Specialist, Civil Engineering and DCTC’s central commons area.
The students in these programs go on to good jobs, said DeMuth. The areas of focus need the improvements to help keep the programs competitive and up-to-date with current technologies, he added.
Financially, the program makes sense, said DeMuth. The renovations will eliminate more than $3.5 million in deferred maintenance costs. Additionally the improvements will improve the buildings energy efficiency by 20 percent.
In 2013, DCTC completed $7.23 million worth of renovations to the Transportation and Emerging Technologies department. The construction was completed in four months. The renovations included 55,200 sq.ft. of new, modern classroom spaces and shops.
“It was a monstrous project to complete in four months,” said DeMuth.
When complete, more than 118,000 sq. ft. of the DCTC campus will have had updates. DeMuth said this is the first time these areas have been improved since the building was constructed in 1973.
“We need it badly,” said DeMuth.
DeMuth said if the money is approved, they hope to start construction in April 2015 and have it substantially complete by August 2015.
As the Minnesota House and Senate prepare to convene in the coming weeks, DeMuth said he’s confident the project has the backing.