Construction firm chosen for Career Technology Building

A Detroit construction management firm has been chosen to assist in the design and possible construction of a Career Technology Building.

Monday the college Board of Trustees chose the Walbridge Group to assist in the performance of all construction management services for the project.

“Even though we selected a company, we still have a lot of analysis to do,” Board Chair Bill Bacarella said.

Bacarella is also a member of the committee chosen to research the possibility of a Career Technology Building.

“This is all part of the process,” he said.

Vice President of Business Affairs and Treasurer Tim Bennett said six firms were interviewed on Dec. 11 for the project.

“All appeared capable, but the Walbridge group seemed to best meet the college’s needs,” Bennett said.  “We made sure they had experience in this type of building and a Michigan presence.”

Bacarella emphasized the need for jobs in Monroe County.

“The college is obligated to train people for new careers,” he said.

After the results of the feasibility study were presented in November of last year, Bacarella said some potential donors came forward.

“It’s feasible, but actually completing it is a big challenge,” he said.