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Iowa Lakes Trustees Move Ahead On Wind Energy Building Addition

By Staff | Mar 24, 2009

ESTHERVILLE – The Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College voted to continue to move ahead on a project, which would provide more space in the Sustainable Energy Education Center/Wind Energy building at Estherville. 

Tuesday afternoon, the Trustees heard from Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, about a review of the project’s progress. Hiney reported that since the Trustees approved the low bid from Christensen Construction of Estherville at the January meeting, an oral and written complaint was received from the high bidder. The college then consulted with their attorney, a spokesperson from Butler Buildings, as well as a representative of Frevert-Ramsey-Kobes Architects-Engineers. 

The Trustees carefully reviewed the specific details presented at the meeting and voted to re-commit with the bid from Christensen Construction. Ground breaking is set for Thursday, Apr. 2. It is hoped that the building of four labs/classrooms would be completed by Sept. 1 at a total cost of just over $550,000.

The Iowa Lakes Report was given by Judy Cook, Executive Director of Planning and Development. She gave a presentation on the routine accreditation visit by a team of educators led by the Iowa Department of Education. The trip is a periodic check-up to ensure that Iowa Lakes is delivering educational opportunities and services to students according to state standards. At the end of the visit, the team of educators meets with faculty, staff, students and Trustees and offers recommendations for improvement.

President Valerie Newhouse said that Lt. Gov. Patty Judge would be at Iowa Lakes to hold a press conference at the college’s Sustainable Energy Education Center/Wind Energy building.