WEST BURLINGTON – The Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees on Monday voted to proceed with a new proposed student center on the West Burlington campus.
During Monday’s meeting, SCC President Michael Ash presented further construction and financing details before board members unanimously approved the plan.
Ash first presented the project proposal to the trustees during a meeting on SCC’s Mount Pleasant campus on July 13, but the funding sources and price of approximately $ 5 million remain, according to Jeff Ebbing, director of marketing and communications at SCC , equal.
SCC will now provide contractors with details of the project so that bids can be submitted.
The board of directors will hold a special meeting on September 20 to review the offers, the recommendations made by the architect of the project (the Shive-Hattery architecture and engineering firmQuad Cities office), discuss the offers and vote to decide on the contractor.
The leisure center, which is temporarily called the SCC Student Center, is financed by the SCC Foundation. The foundation will initially own the building and sell it back to the university after the financing and the bills have been settled.
The center will consist of a multi-story gymnasium that will be built next to the Loren Walker Arena. On the first floor there will be a place that can be used for basketball, volleyball, wrestling and other sports. A running and walking path and an area with exercise equipment will be set up on the second floor.
The center could potentially be used to host junior high, high school, and other regional sporting events, as well as intramural sports competitions between students from SCC and Iowa Wesleyan University, and other student activities.