Sunday, February 13, 2005

Another bond?!?!?!?!?!?!

Another bond is being placed in the hands of Midland voters on May 7. This time, Midland College is asking for $41.8 million to expanded the crowded facilities to accomodate the growing enrollment numbers. It will be discussed on Tuesday (Feb. 15) at 4:00 at the Gibson Board Room at the Pevehouse Administration Building, located on the Midland College campus. This is probably the best bond we've had recently, with the exception of MISD schools renovations. The campus was built in the 1970's to educate 3,000 students, and it is double-that-and-some currently, at 6,200. Midland College offers a great service to the city of Midland, and we do them one back by giving them $41.8 million to increase their capacity to near 10,000 and better educate our population.

The five most expensive projects are:

Academic Classroom Building
ESTIMATED COST: $10,770,020
71,195 square foot building with 36 classrooms, three lecture halls, 17 faculty offices

Physical Plant and Ground
ESTIMATED COST: $5,400,400
This project would replace obsolete physical plant equipment and reduce city-water usage.

Fourth Residence Hall
ESTIMATED COST: $4,862,080
A new 28,000 square foot dormitory will provide 94 beds and parking to complete the housing master plan.

Aviation Training Center
ESTIMATED COST: $3,304,976
The college will combine the professional pilot training and aviation maintenance programs into a 38,950 square foot building with hangar space, classroom and office space, a paint booth and parking and lighting.

Health and Physical Education Center
ESTIMATED COST: $3,233,944
39,215 square foot expansion will add a gymnasium, four racquetball courts, a fitness center, an exercise room and two locker rooms.

For a complete list click here.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now if the Midland Economic Development people would give their money to Midland College, that would be a win-win situation for all!

9:12 AM  
Blogger Bert said...

Perhaps, however the money that the MDC has saved up right now is only a fraction of the $41.8 million that MC needs.

I think once the MDC is in it's teen years, it will start landing big projects. We're competing with some towns that have had ED for 20+ years and are able to put up in excess of $10 mil just to get one company in town. We are no where near the competition yet.

11:09 AM  

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