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Construction in Byrd and Parcells to end in summer

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Retention of information is lower due to constant interruptions of construction in the Byrd Business Building and Parcells Hall, and people want to know when it is expected to end. According Physical Plant Director Bruce Cotgreave, Byrd and Parcells are expected to be echoing with construction noises until late this summer. “Most of the loudest noise is over within Byrd,” Cotgreave said. “There will continue to be a little under Parcells Hall, but it won’t last long. We have had meetings and are working with the department heads to try to work around class schedules.” Although it is obnoxious to listen to, it is important that the construction be completed because the new area in Byrd will house the business office, currently in the Student Services Center. The college relations and purchasing offices also will move. They will relocate to a newly constructed area on the first floor of Parcells Hall. Those moves will allow the financial aid office to expand into the area where the business office is located. Construction noise permeates the air in Byrd and Parcells. It drowns out the voices of professors and interrupts discussion groups. Both students and faculty members find the sound of drilling and hammering a distraction. Jason Carreon, a computer information systems major, said that sometimes it’s harder to learn because students can’t hear the professors speak clearly over the noise. That thought was echoed by other students dealing with the same problem. In the Byrd building, an epicenter of activity Monday through Thursday for business, computer science, governmental studies and engineering, the racket robs students and teachers of valuable learning and teaching opportunities.In Parcells Hall, where students study audio and video production, broadcasting, news reporting, photography and graphic design, the construction sounds interfere with recording, teaching, thinking and interacting within the classroom. Don Abel, an assistant Read more [...]

Project, plans underway at all six AC campuses

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BY LINDA CORTEZ Ranger Reporter   Construction, renovations and project planning are underway on all Amarillo College campuses this semester. Out of a $68.3 million construction bond, AC still has about $23 million to wrap up the ongoing projects, including the soon-to-be Everett and Mabel McDougal Hinkson Memorial Campus in Hereford, which is scheduled to be complete in Hereford by spring 2014. “The expansion of Amarillo College is vital to its continued growth,” said Donovan Cook, a psychology major. “Not only will the renovations and additions interest prospective students, it will be a great asset to the community as a whole.” In response to the continual growth in population and a demand for higher education, AC now has campuses in Hereford and Dumas. “By having extension campuses, we are making the possibility of a college degree accessible to a larger population and graduates will have Amarillo College to thank for that,” said Bruce Cotgreave, physical plant director. “AC has been a real leader and an innovator in terms of branch campuses,”said John Hicks, chairman of the board of regents. “The renovations are intended to enrich the learning experience of Amarillo College students and will allow the college to better facilitate its growing population in Amarillo and surrounding communities in means of square footage but, most importantly, advanced equipment.” Renovations to the allied health building on the West Campus is scheduled to be complete this month. Hicks said the regents are excited to see the beginning of phase two of the construction projects. “We’ve got mostly everybody moving back in the next two weeks in radiology and into a new pharmacy area,” he said. “Our projects are moving right along.” A complete renovation of the Byrd Business Building on the Washington Street Campus is scheduled to be complete in six to eight weeks and the music building should be complete Read more [...]

Bonds fund construction

Local taxpayers approve projects years in advance By Austin Mcwhorter With Amarillo College's budget being cut back by the state, it can be difficult to understand how and why construction and other projects still are in full swing on some campuses. "The money probably didn't come from the students," said Cain Sanchez, a criminal justice major. The money did not come from the students. General obligation bonds, voted on by Amarillo taxpayers, provide funding for construction and renovation projects on AC campuses. The college does not receive state funding to keep facilities up to date and in good repair, so in November 2007, taxpayers within the Amarillo Junior College District voted on and passed a $68 million bond issue. As a result of the vote, Amarillo property owners were dealt a tax increase of about 0.027 percent. "This tax increase pays for the bonds that fund general obligation bonds, which does not go into the general operating revenue of the college," said Terry Berg, vice president of business affairs. "That's why construction is still going after we received budget cuts; they are two different revenue streams." Before the construction projects began, AC had to select an architecture firm and a construction manager at risk to handle building projects funded by the approved bond. The college sent out requests for qualifications, and companies replied with presentations on how projects would be completed. The AC board of regents chose the bidder they believed would do the best job. Page & Associates was chosen for the job as the CMR, and architects from Shiver-Megert & Associates were contracted. The college handles the fiscal side of projects by having the CMR look over architects' drawings to quote an estimated cost, Berg said. After completion of a project, if costs exceed the initial quote, the money will come directly from the company's pocket. If they do the job for less, AC is charged the actual cost of Read more [...]

Parcells Hall renovation complete

Construction continues on exterior, Byrd Business Building By Chris Major Renovations on the interior of Parcells Hall are complete, and students and faculty are settling back in. The communication and visual arts departments moved back into the building from their temporary home in Dutton Hall before the fall semester began last month. "It's really nice," said Lee Jones, an art major. "It feels like it took about 1,000 years, but it turned out really well." Haley Traves, an English major, said she is excited about the new look. "You can tell the new architecture apart from the old building, and the bigger offices will allow students to be more comfortable with their advisers," she said. "I love it," said Brenda Walsh, academic adviser of language, communication and fine arts. "The offices are nicer, and the technology is a lot better for the students." Classrooms in Parcells were updated to what are called "smart classrooms" and now feature the latest technology, making it easier for instructors and students to connect and take advantage of online resources. The inside of Parcells may be complete, but construction continues outside and in Byrd Business Building right next door. Faculty members and classes normally housed in the building have been temporarily moved to Dutton Hall, and other buildings around campus until next summer, when renovations are expected to be complete. Dr. Carol Buse, computer information systems department chairwoman, said she does not mind her temporary office in Dutton Hall. "Its OK, but it'll be nice once we get settled in," she said. "The hardest part is that everyone's separated." The remodel is the first construction done on the two buildings since 1968. Total costs are estimated to be about $11 million. Kristin Edford, program coordinator of humanities and philosophy, said the construction has been good for the school and the town. "It benefits students, teachers and the economy with new Read more [...]