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18 April 2006

President's Quarterly Report
to Board of Trustees

President’s Report

Board of Trustees Meeting

April 17, 2006

Capital Projects


Ayers Hall Transportation Building


Hale Building Company was awarded the contract to complete the interior portion of this structure that will serve as a laboratory facility for the Department of Technology and Engineering. The State Building Commission reviewed the project and forwarded comments that require corrections and re-submission for approval.  The corrections have been made by the architect and are awaiting State approval.   The project is expected to take four to six months to complete. Based on the estimated construction period, it is possible the building will not be ready for the start of the fall term.


McClellan Building 3181 Forensic Lab


Eugene Turner Contractor is nearing completion of the Alabama State Forensics Lab.  The lab is relocating to McClellan from their present location in Brewer Hall.   New furniture is being installed in the space and a final inspection should be completed within two weeks.  This project has progressed very well.

McClellan 3181 New Parking Lot

Gadsden State Community College obtained funding to construct a new parking lot and site improvements at the site of Building 3160.   The City of Anniston graciously demolished the building beginning the week of April 3.   Removal of building debris began April 7.  Bids to construct the parking lot were opened April 11th and are being reviewed by Gadsden State’s administration.


Demolition of Steam Plant, Abercrombie and Luttrell Halls


Taylor Corporation of Oxford, Alabama, our demolition contractor has completed the demolition of the Central Steam Plant, Abercrombie Hall and Luttrell Hall. However, the contractor requested a change order that has been denied by the University. A meeting with the architect, contractor, and the University to discuss this issue is forthcoming.

Roof Replacement 2002


Meetings were held with representatives of JSU, our attorney, Jenkins Monroe & Jenkins, Standard Roofing (contractor) and the contractor’s attorney.  Following the latest meeting April 12th, a positive response was received from the contractor and initial indications are that corrections may be made without legal implications. 



Little River Canyon Field School


The architect continues to develop and improve on the design of the environmentally friendly building using “LEED Certification” (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) technology and materials.



Chimney Peak Observatory                                                                                                 


Project design was reviewed and reworked to simplify construction and incorporate end user requests. The project should be bid in late April or early May. Construction is expected to take four to six months.


Art Department Annex Building


Pre-bid conference was held in early April and bids are to be opened late April. This project will greatly improve the safety of our Art facilities for faculty and students working with ceramics, as well as complete our commitment to the National Schools of Art and Design for reaccreditation. Bid results should be available for the Board Meeting, provided there are no delays in the bid process.


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