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Friday, August 18, 2017

ACC Seeks Bond for Security, Infrastructure and Technical Building

Alvin Community College will ask voters to consider a $48.5 million bond on the Tuesday, November 7 general election that would provide essential campus improvements and a new technical facility.

“Over the past nine months we have looked for a path forward regarding what to do with aging facilities at our main campus,” Board of Regents Chair Mike Pyburn said. “After significant input from the community we have decided to ask voters to consider a $48.5 million bond that will help us address campus safety and security, aging infrastructure issues, and provide for a much needed technical facility."

The bond issue was approved by 7-1 vote with regents Jody Droege, Cheryl Knape, Dr. Patty Hertenberger, Pyburn, ‘Bel Sanchez, Roger Stuksa and Doyle Swindell voting for it and regent Andy Tacquard voting against. Regent James DeWitt was not present.

The bond issue will fund upgrades for campus safety and security, system wide critical infrastructure renovations and improvements plus the construction and equipment for a new technical facility.

"These funds will allow us to address the most pressing needs for our campus and will provide a high-quality and modern learning environment that our students and community members deserve and expect,” Pyburn said.

Approximately $1.5 million safety and security upgrades include card access to campus facilities, safety lighting and phones and closed-circuit security cameras. Approximately $12 million critical systems upgrade includes heating, ventilation and air conditioning repairs, electrical systems, food service equipment, replacing aging sidewalks and more. The planned $35 million technical facility will be an 80,000 square-foot building that will provide classrooms and space for technical programs such as welding, pipefitting, truck driving, industrial design and information technology. New programs under development that would be based in the technical facility include cybersecurity, geographic information systems, electronics, logistics/supply chain management and more.

Academic courses such as History, English, Government and Math will be moved from the 55-year old academic G Building to the new technical facility. The bond includes funds to demolish G Building.

"We hope as we continue to discuss the details of the plan that the community will support this proposal to allow ACC to better fulfill its mission," Pyburn said.

The proposed projects were developed by the Facilities Advisement Community Team, which was comprised entirely of ACC taxpayers. They met several times during the spring and summer to help narrow the scope of the bond proposal to those projects most needed.

If approved, the bond would increase the college’s tax rate by approximately 3 cents per $100 of property value. The rate would mean a $45 annual increase on a $150,000 home.

The election will be Tuesday, November 7. Early voting will run October 23-November 3.

For more information, call 281-756-3600 or e-mail bond@alvincollege.edu.

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