College board approves $2.2M MCC renovation

When the hallways clear out at Marshalltown Community College for the summer, construction workers will move in.

The Iowa Valley Community College District Board approved bids for a $2. 2 million renovation of the health occupations (nursing) and advanced manufacturing labs at MCC during a meeting Wednesday.

The low bid was approved from general contractor Garling Construction of Belle Plaine.

The project will be paid for by Accelerated Career Education, or ACE, state funding.

“We feel confident that we have the resources available to cover all of these expenses,” said Robin Lilienthal, provost at MCC.

Bids came in from five general contractors for the project and district leaders appeared happy with the price they locked in.

“The bidding climate was quite favorable,” said Iowa Valley Chancellor Chris Duree.

Construction on both projects will begin in May with the health occupations lab expected to be completed by the end of the August and the advanced manufacturing lab done by the end of October.

Lilienthal said at previous meetings that this work will allow more hands-on learning in these areas and update the labs for better instruction.

In other board action, the IVCCD 2014-15 budget was approved. It reflects a decreased tax rate of 1 cent at $1.795 per $1,000 taxable valuation, said Kathy Pink, chief financial officer with Iowa Valley.

The next regular meeting of the college board will be at 4 p.m. April 9 at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls.