Ridgewater Improvements in Bonding Bill 14 May 12

Phase II of Ridgewater’s Technical Instruction Addition and Renovation project was among the projects included in the $496 million bonding bill signed by Governor Mark Dayton Friday afternoon.

Ridgewater’s project is funded for $13.851 million, and will include renovation and remodeling of several areas of the Willmar campus: Completes first major renovation of Willmar campus in nearly 20 years.Major improvement to campus Facilities Condition Index (FCI).Reduces deferred maintenance backlog by $4.5 million.Remodeled space should reduce energy consumption by 5-10% over current usage and will save approximately $15,000 annually in electrical, natural gas, and water/sewer costs. Demolishes an 8,500 sq. ft. building that is poorly constructed and energy inefficient. Remodels 20,000 GSF for the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology programs, which comprise 20% of all technical program students on the Willmar campus. Remodels 50,000 GSF of outdated and inefficient space to improve student services and community outreach. Overall reduction in campus size of 2.5%, or 12,200 GSF.

Design development for the project is being wrapped up based on the initial schematic designs, and construction documents will be created over the summer and into fall. Preliminary plans call for construction to begin in January or February, 2013, with a targeted project completion scheduled for late summer or early fall of 2014.

Phase I of the project was approved in the 2008 legislative session and has been completed. It included the demolition of several 1950’s era buildings that were outdated and inefficient, and the addition of a facility that houses Customized Training and Continuing Education, Insurance Claims Representative program, and the Electrician and Carpentry programs.