By TESA CULLI
INA — The money is in the bank and Rend Lake College is ready to go out for bids on a new Coal Mining Training Center.
“We have the money,” RLC President Mark Kern told members of the RLC Board on Tuesday. “The grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity had $700,000 for the building and $300,000 for equipment. When we wrote that grant, it was before we knew we were getting the grant from the Department of Labor, which include equipment. I contacted them and asked if we could use the $300,000 in the building, and after writing a letter, we were granted permission. We have a $1.072 million check in our hands for the building.”
RLC physical plant director Randall Shively presented a revised floor plan and site location plan to the board. The architects on the project, Eggemeyer Associates, have estimated the project to cost about $1.1 million.
Shively said the bid specifications have been written to include three alternates for a lean-to, the lobby entrance to the center and additional brick on the east side of the building.
“If the bids are good and come in lower than estimated, we could add one or more of the alternates,” Shively said.
The specific bid dates have not been set, however, bids will go out by the end of the month, with bid opening projected at the end of June in preparation for the July board meeting, Shively reported.
“That gives us a good two months to do as much site work in-house as possible and save some money,” Shively said.
Jim Hull, vice president of instruction at the college, said the building, once completed, will not only house instructional areas, but half of the building will include a mock mine which will be used for rescue training.
By TESA CULLI
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