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CARTHAGE — Panola College is moving forward on a proposal for a new technology building.
At a special meeting earlier this month, trustees agreed to let President Greg Powell negotiate a contract for architectural and engineering services, as well as negotiate an agreement for construction manager at risk pre-construction services.
The board agreed to negotiate with Corgan & Associates for architectural services and Jacobe Brothers Construction for the pre-construction services. Both firms were used during Panola College's music building construction.
Powell said during the meeting that, based on the college’s longstanding relationship with Corgan, he felt comfortable and confident with the company and would like to continue the relationship.
Jacobe Brothers is not charging for pre-construction services, the college said.
Trustees got a look at the proposed site and preliminary layout of the proposed technology building at their April meeting. The new building is about 28,600 square feet. In addition to shops, laboratories, classrooms and 42 new parking spaces, the building will include a large outdoor yard that will be used by students and classes for hands-on learning and equipment storage. This part will be fenced off.
Plans call for the building to sit on the northeast corner of campus, behind ABC Auto Parts and Whataburger.
David Zatopek, with Corgan, said in April that the building will have nine instructional areas, each with a lab/shop and a classroom.
“We’ll have space for your welding program, engines, a compression lab, commercial wiring, electrical, and motor control, instrumentation, hydraulics, mechanical and HVAC will also have one spare lab in the building and can be used for the expansion of any of these programs or a future new program to be determined,” he said.
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