Committee hears reports on garage, veterinary technology building

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Legal Affairs Committee discusses centers in Floresville, Kerrville and New Braunfels.

By Joyce Flores

Students at this college are not the only ones glad that the parking garage is open. Trustees of the Alamo Community College District also are proud the first bond capital improvement project is completed.

At the Jan. 15 Building, Grounds and Sites Selection Committee meeting, Chair Gene Sprague said, “We are going to make the committee meetings a celebration as much as a plan of action.”

Members began the meeting with a presentation by John Strybos, associate vice chancellor of facilities, detailing the costs and pictures of the completed parking garage and the veterinary technology building at Palo Alto College.

The total cost of the parking garage was $19.8 million, and it has 1,103 parking spaces.

President Robert Zeigler said, “This is the smoothest beginning (of a semester) that we have had.”

But when asked by District 2 trustee Denver McClendon if the parking garage alleviates the problem at the college, Zeigler said, “The garage itself does not solve the problem, but it is well on the way.”

He also added that parking was open to all students as opposed to charging a special fee to students who wanted to park in the garage. He said the decision was made against charging extra because the garage was paid for by the 2005 bond, and they considered the financial need of students.

The veterinary technology building houses three classrooms and seven laboratories and surgical rooms. The total cost was $7 million.

Strybos said the veterinary technology building is a unique facility to have in the district, and the next closest to it is at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Sprague added that members of the veterinary community were excited about having this facility in San Antonio because it will produce more veterinary technicians.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building in February.

The committee also approved for recommendation to the board the authorization of Bartlett Cocke, L.P., to begin campuswide landscaping and irrigation improvement for Northwest Vista College at a cost of $1.16 million.

The committee also approved a fee negotiation with O’Neill, Conrad, Oppelt Architects Inc. for architect and engineering services for the schematic design of the First Responders Academy, 10440 Jarrat Road, Von Ormy, at a cost of $314,000. 

Also approved was a fee negotiation with Spaw Glass Contractors for the Palo Alto College central plant building at a cost of $903,294.

They were presented to the board members and all items were approved during the regular board meeting Tuesday.

The Legal Affairs Committee meeting also took place Jan. 15. While in executive session, members discussed contracts for three education centers that the district operates.

Committee members reviewed an interlocal agreement with the Floresville Independent School District for the Floresville Early College Technology Center. 

At the December board meeting, members passed a memorandum of agreement with the FISD to establish the center for fall 2009.

The center, in the new Floresville High School, will provide dual credit, workforce training, academic classes, continuing education and technical training services.

Members also discussed the Greater Kerrville Alamo Community College District Center which will provide the same opportunities that the Floresville Center does.

The district negotiated a memorandum of agreement with the Kerrville Independent School District in August stating that center will be operational by fall.

To wind up the discussion on education centers, members discussed the expansion of the Central Texas Technology Center in New Braunfels.

In December, trustees voted to expand the CTTC to the Goodwin site five miles northwest from the original center.

The center, which opened its doors May 2004, needs an expansion because they have had an increase in students in the past year. 

Agenda Item 6 put forth by Dr. Federico Zaragoza, vice chancellor of economic and workforce development, in the December board packet states that in fall 2006, the center had 230 credit enrollment, and in fall 2007, the number increased to 604.

The Goodwin site opened this semester.

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