Designs for the new Logan County Area Technology Center are nearly completed and were presented to members of Logan County’s business and industry community last week at a planning meeting.
The architect for the project, Kevin Sharp, was on hand to show the plans his firm have completed so far – which includes what the building will look like, where it will be situated and how the floorplan will be laid out.
“He brought with him display boards, which included the planned view of the building,” said Logan Economic Alliance for Development executive director Tom Harned.
The building area will be 68,000 square feet and includes classrooms for 10 instruction programs: two health science rooms, two business education rooms and one each for information technology, drafting/AutoCAD, automotive technology, electricity technology, welding technology and machine tool technology.
The new ATC will also have a modern 68KW photovoltaic solar array, which will provide 25 percent of the building’s power and has a nine-year capital payback.
The building will be located on Bowling Green Road just east of Russellville.
“It will be in the area right now that is sometimes used as a cross country track for the high school,” Harned said. “It will be very visible – about six or eight feet above the elevation of the roadway. That’s important for a number of reasons, because we want this to be a very attractive building that will attract students.”
The main entrance for the new ATC will be the same one currently used for the high school, but a secondary exit will be put from the building onto Bowling Green Road.
The project is expected to cost about $20 million. Of that, $14.5 million will go toward building the actual structure while the rest of the budget will be used to finish the inside with the necessary instructional equipment.
The goal is to have students in the building by spring of 2017.