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Spartan Court residence hall back on track

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 10:58 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014 12:07 p.m. CDT
The roof trusses are being installed in this photo taken Thursday of the progress done on Spartan Court, Southwestern Community College's new residence hall. The project, which will possibly cost less than anticipated, is slightly ahead of schedule. Truss construction, which was expected to start today, is planned to be finished today.

Spartan Court has risen.

Southwestern Community College’s new residence hall Spartan Court is now a three-story building.

The second floor was started Feb. 19, and the third floor was started Feb. 27.

“Trusses (for the roof) were supposed to start tomorrow (today), but they’re half done,” said Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development. “They’re telling me a really big milestone is windows, and the roof will be shingled by April 3, so the building will be enclosed at that time.”

The project, which may cost less than the estimated $6.2 million, will house 92 students. Some amenities included are free cable TV and high speed internet access in each bedroom, membership to Southern Prairie YMCA, community room with vending, TV and furniture, central air conditioning and full kitchen.

“They told me they didn’t want me to jinx it by saying we’re ahead of schedule, but they’re a good week ahead of schedule,” Lesan said.

Most of the work will be done within the building’s walls after it is enclosed. The floor hasn’t been poured yet because workers are putting in the plumbing system.


The bid for acoustical ceilings for $11,858 was approved for Bloodgood Construction Services of Prole at the SWCC Board of Director’s regularly scheduled meeting Feb. 11.

However, employees of the company were unable to get bond approval for the project before the deadline, and the board approved to reject Bloodgood’s bid.

The board then unanimously approved a bid of $13,580 from Heartland Finishes of Des Moines, and employees of the company agreed to allow their bid to last longer than the selected 30 days.

The board also approved a bid of $529,911.11 for electric by Armstrong Electric of Greenfield during a special meeting Feb. 27. The additional amount of $127,711.11 for low voltage electrical by Armstrong came during the regularly scheduled March meeting.

This bid came after the board rejected the only bid to come in during the February board meeting by Van Maanen Electric of Newton. The company’s bid was $1,308,900, more than twice the cost of the budgeted $643,861.

“There was a lot of stuff in that original plan that we didn’t even know was in there, and we spent an entire day going through the different bid packages,” Lesan said. “We took a bunch of stuff out (that we didn’t need). ... Obviously the base bids on the second go-round were a lot better.”

Also, at the board’s special meeting Feb. 27, board members passed a motion for a fire sprinkler bid of $40,420 from Continental Fire Sprinkler of Omaha, Neb.

In other SWCC news:

• The college is offering a new program consisting of an 80-hour commercial driver’s license class. There are 17 students enrolled currently. SWCC is partnering with North Iowa Area Community College’s Northland Trucking program, and all instructors are certified by Department of Transportation. Creston School District agreed to allow students to use the former AEA site to practice and test.

• SWCC’s April board meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 15.

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