NCC board receives construction update

Mark Brown, Northwest Iowa Community College’s vice president of operations and finance, talks Monday evening, Oct. 28, to other NCC officials about the automotive and light duty diesel technology program’s newly renovated lab. NCC board members also re­­ceived an update on the Building D construction project.

SHELDON—The first phase of an extensive renovation of Northwest Iowa Community College’s Building D has been mostly completed.

NCC’s board of trustees on Monday, Oct. 28, received an update on the progress and took a tour of part of the approximately $8.1 million Building D construction project on the campus of the Sheldon-based college.

The project, which began June 3, calls for the automotive and light duty diesel technology program portion to be fully renovated, with demolition and new construction occurring for the diesel technology program part.

Kirk Lundberg is the project manager/superintendent for Davenport-based Estes Construction, which is the construction manager for the project.

“The auto lab is essentially complete,” he said. “The architect was there today. He walked through and made his punch list.

“We’ve got a few items to correct, but for the most part, we’re complete,” he said. “There’s a little bit of work in the parts room. We’re waiting for some roll-up doors.”

Lundberg mentioned Building D’s shared space between the two programs that will contain a student lounge, a related hallway and instructors’ offices.

“The shared area is in progress,” he said. “There’s a lot of walls that are being framed up in there. We’re receiving the structural steel that we need to add some additional supports.

“The floor in the engine room has been replaced,” he said. “They’re working on electrical and HVAC rough-ins right now, new ductwork and things like that. The roof has been partially replaced over that area.”

Students are expected to start working in the automotive and light duty diesel technology program’s newly renovated lab during the next week.

“The roof on the auto lab has been completely replaced,” Lundberg said. “The only thing that’s left on that is some trim. On the exterior, the new metal panels are going on the south side of the auto lab.”

Lundberg mentioned N’West Iowa wet weather affected part of the project.

“In the truck and diesel area, we ran into a little bit of damp weather,” he said. “We had some wet conditions out there and they were giving us a little bit of fits as they were digging.

“We made some phone calls to the civil and deep foundation engineers and got some direction on what to do, so we were able to finish the concrete foundations and got those put in,” he said.

Lundberg noted new construction has started for the diesel technology program portion of the project.

“Last week, there was no building there, and this week, there’s a building there,” he said. “The next steps on that will be structural steel, roof deck, roofing.

“Then we’ll start getting it enclosed to get some heat in there and then get the floors poured,” he said. “I anticipate that one finishing up in decent shape.”

Estes Construction project manager Nate Inman addressed the project’s three-phase work schedule, including the second part of when Building D’s shared space is set to be finished.

“That would be our next major milestone,” he said. “We’re tracking toward a completion turnover in January. The last phase would be the truck and diesel program, which is slated for the end of May 2020. We’re on track for those two items.”


In other business on Monday, Oct. 28, the Northwest Iowa Community College Board of Trustees approved:

  • A resolution to continue NCC’s equipment replacement levy for an additional period of 10 consecutive fiscal years beginning with the 2020 tax levy payable in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.

College president Alethea Stubbe noted voters in NCC’s four-and-a-half-county service area authorized in 1999 and 2009 the college’s equipment replacement levy equal to 6 cents per $1,000 of assessed value on all taxable property in NCC’s service area.

“Our equipment levy is really made up of the 6-cent levy plus the 3-cent increment, which is approved every year through your approval of the certified budget,” she told board members.

“The total of 9 cents is part of that levy, but the 3 cents are just annually approved,” she said. “The 6-cent levy has to be approved every 10 years.”

Iowa Code Section 260C.28(3)(b) permits the board of trustees of a community college to continue by resolution its equipment replacement levy for an additional period not to exceed 10 years at a rate not to exceed the maximum amount approved by voters.

“If it had been in place for 20 years and you had passed it at least twice by the vote of the public, you now can do it by resolution,” Stubbe said. “This is the levy that pays for a lot of the equipment that is used by our career and technical programs.”

  • The resignation of Gary Morris effective Sept. 30. He had been employed at NCC since Aug. 19, 2008, as a powerline instructor.