The Woodward News

April 7, 2013

High Plains to discuss bids on energy training center

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — High Plains Technology Center is looking to add a new building to its campus.

The HPTC Board of Education is slated to take action during its April monthly meeting on Monday regarding plans to build a new 9,520 sq. ft. Energy Training Center, which is expected to cost around $1.6 million.

HPTC Administrative Assistant Rachelle Rogers said the Energy Training Center (ETC) will house the technology center's climbing tower, which is used for climb and rescue training as well as fall protection training.

Currently the climbing tower is located outdoors, so by moving it into a new facility, Rogers said, "people will be able to get training in all weather whether that's rain, snow or 110 degrees outside."

In addition to the climbing tower, she said the ETC will include additional classroom space as well as storage space for various equipment.

The ETC will be built to the south of the main HPTC building, between it and the school's Industry Training Center to the west, Rogers said.

To move forward on the new facility, the HPTC board will consider awarding bids on the project's 25 different bid packages and assigning those packages to the construction management firm Joe D. Hall General Contractors, LLC.

Rogers said the school has received a lot of interest in the project.

"We received 92 total bids," she said, which averages out to just under 4 bids for each of the 25 bid packages.

After addressing the bids, which according to the agenda may be approved individually or as a group, the HPTC board will vote on whether to approve a FY 13 Building Fund encumbrance for the $1.6 million to cover the cost of the project.  Rogers said the total encumbrance includes a $10,000 contingency.

In other business Monday, the HPTC board will act on the reemployment of support staff and coordinators for the 2014 Fiscal Year.

The agenda also includes action items on the school's 5-year Comprehensive Local Education Plan (CLEP); 2013-2014 student and 12-month calendars; and routine financial matters, including General Fund encumbrances, the monthly Activity Fund report, and the March 2013 treasurer's report.

The HPTC Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday in the campus' board room.