MCC awards Armory contract

At Monday’s Miles Community College Board of Trustees meeting it was revealed that a bid for the Heavy Equipment/Commercial Driver License Training Center has been accepted and a completion date has been set.

According to Lisa Smith, MCC’s vice president of administrative services, the low bid of $700,600 from the Jackson Contractor Group (JCG), which has a Miles City office, was accepted.

The pre-bid walk-through was held Dec. 14 and the bids for the renovation of the building, the former armory, were opened on Dec. 21.

According to Smith, the start date for the renovations is unknown. The contract has set the completion deadline for Aug. 1, in time for the fall semester.

The college was able to purchase the building with the help of several grants and donations. MCC received a $650,000 federal Community Development Block Grant, a $50,000 state coal board grant, and $100,000 toward workforce development, among others.

The total project will cost over $1 million. Purchasing the building cost $650,000 and all other grant money and donations are for the needed upgrades and any other costs.

MCC has been working with Stevenson Design, Inc.,  of Miles City to establish the necessary changes. 

Work planned for the armory includes improving the lighting, and the heating, cooling and ventilation system. The windows will also be replaced.

Several classrooms will be added to the ground floor, and interior improvements such as new flooring, paint and ceilings will be undertaken.

The outside of the armory will also receive a face-lift. Landscaping will be done to keep water away from the building. 

Along with progress at the armory other facility updates have been going on throughout the campus.

According to Smith’s administrative services report, the display case that housed the presidents’ and board of trustees members’ photos has been removed. The photos have been moved to the conference room. The wall where the display case used to hang was re-painted. 

With the recent winter storms hitting the area snow removal has been critical. The crew at MCC has been busy keeping the sidewalks and parking lots clear, the trustees learned.

MCC Facilities Director Ross Lawrence has been researching possible furnishings for the Ag Advancement Center.

He currently has sample classroom chairs for faculty and students to test out, and has been discussing classroom tables and a teacher’s mobile podium/desk with the agriculture and equine teachers. He’s also been working with Coca Cola to supply the cooler for the concession stand. 

Two Nursing Arts Lab (NAL) beds have been replaced. Holy Rosary Healthcare (HRH) donated the beds to the nursing program.