Ar­chi­tect, con­trac­tor se­lected for CTE project

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­

Af­ter a tem­po­rary sales tax to fund the con­struc­tion of a new Saline County ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity was ap­proved by vot­ers in 2018, var­i­ous in­di­vid­u­als made great strides in 2019 to kick start the project.

Mem­bers of the project’s steer­ing com­mit­tee se­lected the ar­chi­tec­tural firm Black, Cor­ley, Owens + Hughes to de­sign the project and CDI Con­trac­tors won the bid to build the cen­ter.

CDI sub­mit­ted a bid for a project at a cost of $27,899,000 and time­line of 515 days. The Saline County Ca­reer Tech­ni­cal cam­pus is ex­pect to be open for the 202122 school year.

The cam­pus, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween lo­cal school and county of­fi­cials along with busi­ness own­ers, will be lo­cated on Moun­tain View Road near Exit 114.

When the cen­ter is con­structed, stu­dents from six school dis­tricts — Ben­ton, Bryant, Baux­ite, Glen Rose, Har­mony Grove and Sheri­dan — will have the op­por­tu­nity to take classes in 10 dif­fer­ent path­ways. In seven of the path­ways, upon grad­u­a­tion, stu­dents will have the needed cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to earn a job and be­gin a ca­reer.

The cam­pus is 140,000 square feet and will be sep­a­rated into four ma­jor ar­eas. Lab spa­ces for the var­i­ous path­ways will be con­structed, as well as mul­ti­pur­pose class­rooms and a com­mon area fea­tur­ing an au­di­to­rium de­signed to fit 400 stu­dents.

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