An architect and construction management adviser were chosen for Southwestern Community College’s new dormitory project during a special meeting of the board of directors Monday.
Board members Vicki Sickels of Mount Ayr and Carol Saxton of Leon were absent.
The building will be located south of the Instructional Center.
The board unanimously approved a contract with Invision of Des Moines to do the architectural work and Story Construction of Ames as construction management adviser.
Several public hearings are slated for Nov. 19 in regard to the project. The hearings, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of SWCC’s administration building, are for contractors to put bids in for the project’s earthwork and major utilities, footings and foundations and sale and issuance of dormitory revenue bonds.
“We’re going to push it to Nov. 19 to give contractors a little more time to bid on the footings and the dirt work,” said Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development.
Lesan said once the hearings take place, he hopes the project will begin without hesitation.
“The dirt work will hopefully start Nov. 20,” said Lesan.
Lesan also said he thinks the rest of the currently approved contracts will start in January, if not sooner.
“They’ll get going on the building as soon as weather permits,” Lesan said. “If they get the dirt work and footings done, they feel like they can get the building done by August.”
The new dormitory will come after a decrease in enrolled students, but with more students opting to stay on campus.
The average age of students dropped from 22.2 to 21.7 years old, based on a fall 2013 enrollment report. The report also states students attending college directly out of high school increased from 224 to 231 since 2012.
The dormitory, which will house 88 students with their own rooms, will be apartment-style similar to Spartan Hall and Spartan Suites.
It is estimated to cost $6.2 million to build the three-story building.