Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) announced Tuesday that construction on their new facility in Waynesville would begin very soon.
Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) announced Tuesday that construction on their new facility in Waynesville would begin very soon. OTC's board has awarded the $3.72 million construction contract to a Jefferson City company named Verslues Construction, which outbid seven other companies, according to a press release from OTC. The total cost of the project has jumped to $5,259,976.39 now that the $3.72 has been added on to it. Originally, the project was planned for $5 million and Waynesville approved that much in bond funding for which OTC will make payments on via a semi-annual lease over 20 years to pay the bonds. OTC said in its press release that the college will pay the remaining $259,976.39 for interior items including light fixtures, furniture and materials. Waynesville mayor Luge Hardman said Waynesville is excited about having OTC in the city and is looking forward to the facility's completion. Hardman said, “It was a pleasure working with the OTC people. We have worked a rather unique arrangement to bring a college campus to Waynesville, for our students and our citizens. The City adopted a Comprehensive Plan in 2008 and the building of the OTC campus fulfilled one of the major goals we identified.” Post secondary educational opportunities within Waynesville city limits has been a goal of the city for some time, according to Hardman. “With the building of the OTC campus in West Waynesville, that goal will be fulfilled,” Hardman said. Hardman pointed out that the west Waynesville area has seen a wider interest from businesses interested in operating in the area. “We are seeing a renewed interest in the west Waynesville area, as we work to bring more services to the citizens and expand our sales tax base.” Waynesville has been working on putting in a new industrial park and several businesses have announced plans to build in the G.W. Lane area such as Rolla Regional Medical Center, OTC, and most recently, B and B Theatres. OTC plans for its facility to be finished in time for fall classes in August 2013, around a year from now. The building will be one story and have 11 classrooms and computer labs. Other facility features will include a student commons area, two science labs, 324 parking spaces, study area and administrative offices.