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February 10, 2014

Local firms among those winning Ivy Tech building contracts

Construction of new campus to begin in March

ANDERSON, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College has awarded $17 million in contracts to construction firms around the state as the institution prepares to break ground this spring on a new campus in Madison County.

Two central Indiana companies were among the 13 firms awarded contracts to work on the project, said Andy Bowne, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s East Central Region.

Fredericks Inc., of Pendleton, won a $2.8 million contract to provide electrical work for the project; and Muncie-based Indiana Bridge won a $1.3 million contract for metalwork that will be used in construction, Bowne said.

Bowne said he was pleased that just over $4 million of the $17 million contracts approved are from area businesses.

Other companies that won big contracts for the project were Gibraltar Construction of Indianapolis, general trades, and Quality Plumbing & Heating of Kokomo, which was awarded a $2 million contact for plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Companies providing floor coverings, mechanical sheet metal, roofing, painting and wall covering and fire protection made up the contract packages, according to documents supplied by Ivy Tech.

Weather permitting, Ivy Tech officials hope to break ground on construction of the 85,000-square-foot facility on 38 acres of land adjacent to Interstate 69 in March, “as soon as we can get dry enough to work in the field,” Bowne said.

In late March or early April, officials plan to hold a ceremonial groundbreaking “so we can celebrate our partnership with the community.”

A new Anderson Ivy Tech campus has been planned since 2009, but delays and financial constraints prevented the project from moving forward until last July.

That’s when the powerful State Budget Committee, a bipartisan panel comprised of legislative fiscal leaders and the state budget director, finally agreed to release the $20 million Ivy Tech needed to begin construction.

After the state released the money, Anderson city officials briefly tried to convince college officials to move the campus downtown arguing that costly road improvements were needed for 60th Street, and that the property was better suited for industrial development. That proposal was rebuffed.

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