BEATRICE – A Lincoln and Beatrice construction firm has been selected by Southeast Community College to manage the building of new residential halls at the Beatrice and Milford Campuses, along with a new student dining hall, at Beatrice.
Sampson Construction and Caspers Construction will supervise the work under the construction manager-at-risk method. SCC received nine proposals from companies to manage the work, and three finalists were interviewed by the college. Vice President of Program Development and Beatrice Campus President Bob Morgan says the new residence hall project will feature apartment style living, much different from the dorm rooms of the past.
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Morgan says Southeast has had limited meal offerings, through the Storm Center Café which can serve about 100 students. The new dining hall will enable the campus to offer a full meal plan.
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Sampson and Caspers would also have the option of supervising an additional residence hall at the Milford Campus, should the college move forward with that.
The SCC Board recently approved issuing up to $19.5 million dollars in revenue bonds to finance the new student housing and dining projects. The bonds would be backed by dormitory, bookstore and fee revenue.
A separate process for choosing a construction management firm will be used for upcoming projects at SCC, including a Diesel Technology expansion at Milford, a Beatrice Campus classroom building, a Health Sciences Center on the Lincoln Campus, and a Falls City Learning Center.