Thursday, 13 September 2018 05:05

Council Awards Contract for RCC Downtown Campus

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Monty Crump outlines request for contract award for new RCC Campus Tuesday night Monty Crump outlines request for contract award for new RCC Campus Tuesday night Photo by Chuck Thames

ROCKINGHAM- Monty Crump, Rockingham City Manager brought a request to the council Tuesday evening to award the contract for construction of the new Richmond Community College downtown campus.  According to Crump, the bids were opened on June 26 with the lowest responsible bidder being John M. Campbell Company of Monroe, NC.   The  low bid of $11,521,000 was over the planned budget.  The city then worked with the low bidder on value engineering adjustments in order to bring the bid in line with the budget.

Crump noted that many items were reviewed, including elimination of the clock tower and removing the canopies from the building.  But in the end they were able to save these “curb appeal” items on a building Crump pointed out would be here for 30 years or more.  The final contract approved by council was in the amount of $11,364,975.   “It’s been a long time coming and I’m glad to be able to have this as an agenda item tonight,” Crump said.  

The bulk of the required funding for the new facility is coming from grants, including $4,202,500 from the Cole Foundation,  $4,202,500 from The Richmond Community Foundation Grant, and other large contributions from The Levine Foundation and Richmond Community College State Bonds in the amount of $1,000,000 each.  Other grants include $100,000 from the Cannon Foundation and $94,340 from the NC Commerce Department.  A USDA loan was secured for the bulk of the remaining required funding in the amount of $2,531,217.   The total project budget including engineering, legal, interim interest, contingency and  environmental abatement comes to $13,130,557.  

Mayor Steve Morris commented that the city is constructing the facility with guidance from RCC  on the design and once the building is paid for it will be deeded over to the college.  “We’re very excited, this is going to provide a wonderful facility for young people to study and being downtown will certainly help the economy of the local community as well,” said Morris. 

 

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