California- Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) president Jeff DeFranco’s first State of the College Address focused on several projects taking place that could increase enrollment. One of the upcoming projects that could combat low community college enrollment is to create student housing on campus.
By 2022, the school intends to be a residential campus and solve the housing problem for South Lake Tahoe students. In the meantime, the school plans on providing interim housing support. Within the next year, the LTCC hopes to secure a private partner to start building their housing on campus.
Indiana- Last week, Purdue University trustees approved plans to finance and award construction contracts for a new large animal and equine hospital, to renovate the West Lafayette campus Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building and to build a new Bioscience Innovation building on the Hammond campus. Trustees approved $35 million for phase I of the 76,600-square foot animal and equine hospital. Construction is scheduled to begin in September 2018 and finish in May of 2020. Future phases will include construction of a new small-animal hospital, with a final phase to construct a food animal hospital.
The $80 million renovation and addition to the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building calls for the demolition of an existing portion of the facility, a 125,000 square-foot addition and renovations to the more than 37,000 square feet of existing space in the building’s northern portion. The construction time frame runs from October 2018-October 2020. Construction on the $40.5 million Bioscience Innovation building is scheduled to begin in August 2018 and finish in April 2020. Once the new facility is occupied, Gyte Annex, which currently houses some of these academic areas, will be demolished. Other projects include the renovation of more than 6,500 square feet at the Heine Pharmacy Building, HVAC projects in Lynn Hall of Veterinary Medicine and Stewart Center and work in the bathrooms of Hillenbrand and Earhart residence halls.
Virginia- In November 2016, the County Board of Supervisors for Albemarle County approved a contract with an engineering services company, to evaluate the possibility of moving the Albemarle General District Court, Albemarle Circuit Court and the Albemarle County Administrative Office out of the city. The county has set aside nearly $40 million from its Capital Improvement Program budget to fund the project. Now, almost one year later, a decision has yet to be reached and there is growing contention over where to house the court buildings.
The county had five different options on the table, but right now only two are being explored. The first option would be to renovate the former Levy Opera House, demolish the surrounding buildings, build a new three-story general district court on the site and renovate the current court complex for $39.7 million. The second option would be to build a new court complex outside of the downtown area, move the General District Court and office building into the Charlottesville court facility, against the wishes of the city, and build a new administrative building for a total estimated cost of $37.7 million.
The option for keeping the courts downtown has not been officially taken off the table, but the county board has decided to pause on that option until they have a chance to fully explore the possibility of a public-private partnership. The criminal justice community is strongly opposed to dismantling the current county court system but the downtown location poses major parking problems. The county board is expected to make a decision by the end of this year.
The New York City Housing Authority will invest $325 million for a public-private renovations plan. Through the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration program, the partnership will provide funding for renovations to the Ocean Bay Housing Authority development. Improvements will take place on 1,400 housing units at Ocean Bay that are home to 3,700 residents.
Ocean Bay was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and the complex needs roof work as well as new boilers and heating systems and upgrades to elevator machinery. Renovations are also needed on interior and exterior lighting, kitchen and bathroom repairs and installation of new security cameras and new secure entry systems.
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