Contractors considered for VC emerging technology center

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Oct. 29, 2012 at 5:29 a.m.

After examining costs, references and qualifications, Victoria College has narrowed down its search for the construction of the Emerging Technology Center.

Drymalla Construction Company, based in Columbus, came out on top of the list of potential candidates for the job.

In May, the college district's voters approved a $22 million bond in support of the new center, aimed at grooming a workforce for the growing manufacturing industry in the area.

Behind Drymalla trailed Koontz McCombs Construction and Bartlett Cocke General Contractors.

"Drymalla was clearly our No. 1 choice, based on qualifications and cost," said Victoria College president Tom Butler.

The advertised construction budget for the center is about $16,500,000.

In other business, the board approved revisions to its alcohol policy.

The revision was made to allow the serving of alcohol by vendors renting the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, which was acquired by the college earlier this year.

"It's part of the service our prospective renters are looking for," said director of cultural affairs Sue Prudhomme.

The sale of alcohol would not be directed at student-oriented events held at the center, said Prudhomme.

"It's more for our vendors," Prudhomme said.



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