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GC3 to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for New STEM Success Center; Senator Jerry Moran to Attend

Judd Weil-News Director judd.rmmedia@gmail.com


[FINNEY COUNTY, Kan.]


Garden City Community College (GCCC) announced on June 22, they will host Kansas Senator Jerry Moran (Rep-Kan.) for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new STEM Success Center on Monday, June 27, at 9 a.m.


The Garden City Community College Board of Trustees approved a contractor bid for construction of the STEM Success Center during a special meeting on Monday, April 25.


The Board heard a presentation from GCCC president Dr. Ryan Ruda discussing construction of the STEM Success Center addition.


Due to rising costs in materials and supply chain issues, the projected cost of the project had drastically risen. GCCC administration received three competitive bids from local contractors, but all were higher than expected. Administration opted to work with the lowest bidder, Dick Construction of Garden City, Kan.


"We worked closely with GMCN and Dick Construction who utilized value engineering to find ways to save without losing the integrity of the project," said Dr. Ruda, GCCC President. "Ultimately, they found ways to use different finishes and other touches that have incurred a cost savings of $220,000 without changing the value or integrity of the building," he continued.


The revised bid from Dick Construction for $4,073,256.00 for construction of the STEM Success Center was approved by the Board of Trustees during the special meeting.


The STEM Success Center will be a 10,455 sq ft addition to the northside of the Warren Fouse Science and Math lecture hall. The addition will feature math, science, chemistry, and cybersecurity classrooms and labs as well as faculty offices, and a multipurpose space.


The center is part of a $5 million, Title V Grant that will also bring three new programs to GCCC: Robotics, Cybersecurity, and Crop Production.


The ceremony will begin with a press conference and grant announcement in the Warren Fouse Science and Math lecture hall in room 1104.


The groundbreaking on the construction site of the STEM Success Center building will follow.