During a special meeting on April 25, the Garden City Community College Board of Trustees approved a revised bid from Dick Construction for a little more than $4 million for the construction of the STEM Success Center.
The STEM Success Center will be a 10,455 sq ft addition to the northside of the Warren Fouse Science and Math Building, featuring 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.
Due to rising costs in materials and supply chain issues, the projected cost of the project rose drastically. Three competitive bids from local contractors were higher than expected so the administration worked with Dick Construction, the low bidder.
“We worked closely with GMCN and Dick Construction who utilized value engineering to find ways to save without losing the integrity of the project,” GCCC President Ryan Ruda said. “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.”