CTC funding released
June 23, 2011: “A tremendous
boost to the local economy,” is how Illinois Valley Community College President
Jerry Corcoran described the state’s release of $22.8 million for construction
of a Community Technology Center at the college.
received word today from the Illinois Capital Development Board that CDB bonds
totaling $22,844,800 – the full appropriation – will be available for preliminary
construction beginning in late fall. With IVCC’s $7.6 million match, the project
total is approximately $30.5 million.
one of the most significant events in our college’s 87-year history,” said
Corcoran. “This facility will dramatically enhance our ability to serve
students and the community and within two years, the Illinois Valley will have
a premier training site for manufacturing and alternative energy careers.”
80,000-square-foot CTC – expected to formally break ground in the spring of
2012 – will be home to ten career programs such as electronics, industrial maintenance,
CNC, CAD, HVAC and renewable wind energy. In addition, the facility will be a
one-stop enrollment center for admissions, counseling and financial aid and
will be home to the Business Training Center, Adult Education and other
noted the significant effect the project will have on the district.
impact studies indicate that every $1 million in construction generates seven
well-paying jobs. With a $30 million project, that’s 200 great jobs. And University
of Illinois research tells us every $1 in construction results in more than $2
flowing through the local economy,” Corcoran said.
the CTC will be a showroom of training possibilities for existing and
prospective businesses, he added.
Corcoran lauded the college’s board
of trustees and chair Dennis Thompson of Princeton for setting aside money each
year for such a project and for its courage in moving ahead with the project in
difficult economic times.
“This is something we’ve been
planning for a long time and wishing for even longer,” said Thompson. “It’s
wonderful to finally be in a position to definitively say the CTC is going to
Corcoran also credited Rep. Frank
Mautino (D-Spring Valley) and former Sen. Gary Dahl (R-Granville) for helping
make the appropriation part of a $31 billion capital development bill signed by
Gov. Quinn in 2009. The proposal was also supported by the 12 other legislators
serving parts of IVCC’s district.
“Frank and Gary were especially crucial
in working with the CDB on a plan that would pass the legislature and earn the
Governor’s signature,” Corcoran noted. “They really stepped up to the plate
when we needed them and got the job done.”
The project will also
include replacement of east campus “temporary buildings” the college has used since
timeline begins at the July 19 board meeting when trustees issue requests for
proposals (RFPs) for debt certificates. Those RFPs will be approved at their
Aug. 23 meeting and bids from potential construction contractors will be opened
At a special board
meeting in early September, the general contractor will be chosen as well as an
asbestos abatement contractor for work in the upper gymnasium (the therapeutic
massage program will be moving there from its east campus location).
In late November,
the CDB will issue an “action to proceed” and the gymnasium abatement work will
begin. Work on the CTC will begin with the 2012 construction season.
Corcoran, who completed his third year as president in April, said the
CTC would significantly bolster the college’s ability to serve the district
well into the future.
“Our progressive board and legislators have
seized a once in a lifetime opportunity that will significantly improve every
students’ experience at IVCC as well as economic
development and employment opportunity throughout our district,” he said.