The Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees met in Chadron Friday and approved bonding which will finance Phase II of the Chadron State College Rangeland Complex. The bonds will be issued in late November and will be paid off by the State of Nebraska over eight years.
In late May, the Nebraska legislature forwarded the appropriation bill for funding of the project to Governor Heineman who signed the bill, paving the way for the bond action.
The Chadron State College Rangeland Phase II will be located northwest of the Coffee Agriculture Pavilion currently under construction. It will house classrooms, soil labs, a necropsy lab and the college's herbarium.
Dale Grant, vice president of administration and finance, said the complex project started in 2002 with a program statement and he is very appreciative to everyone whose time and effort allowed the project to move forward CSC, the Nebraska State College System, the Nebraska Legislature and Governor Heineman
Funding for Phase II will be available in January 2014. Sampson Construction is the general contractor for the entire project and Bahr Vermeer Haecker is the architect.
The Coffee Agriculture Pavilion in Phase I of the complex is nearing completion. It is scheduled to open for use by late October.
A parking lot on the north side of the complex will serve students and the public while the gravel parking lot on the south side of the complex will serve vehicles with livestock trailers for shows, classes or competitions in the future.
Water and sewer utilities, which have been extended from the city lines at Cedar and 10th streets, will serve both the Rangeland Complex and three Eagle Ridge housing units east of Burkhiser. Each unit will house 24 students and they should be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2014.
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