College moves forward with Van Lare Hall renovation plans

ALPENA — An architecture firm has been chosen for the renovations of Van Lare Hall.

“We have settled on an architect, which is a big milestone,” President Don MacMaster said.

The Alpena Community College Board of Trustees will vote on the bid from Cornerstone Architects of Traverse City on Tuesday.

He said the total cost of the project is estimated to be $6.7 million.

“Our piece is to the total of $3.35 (million) as well. We fund half, they fund half,” MacMaster said.

The hall is the oldest building on campus at 60 years old. Discussions to renovate the building first started in summer. During the August board meeting the details of the renovations were discussed.

Most of the initial plans included expansion of lab space, double current classroom space, enhanced computer and Wi-Fi access. There also were plans to create more spaces for staff and support services.

In a statement released by ACC, the fee for the architecture firm is $48,000 for program statement/schematic design phases and 5.55 percent of construction costs for the remaining phases.

The project will be discussed at 7:30 a.m. during a special board meeting in Room 400 of Charles R. Donnelly Natural Resources Center, 665 Johnson Street, Alpena.

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