COCC construction underway

Residence hall, other projects being planned

Bulletin staff report /

Published Jul 5, 2014 at 12:01AM

It may be a quiet summer session at Central Oregon Community College, but the sounds of construction are keeping things lively on COCC’s Bend and Redmond campuses.

According to a news release from COCC, the Redmond campus’ Technology Education Center, located on the corner of Veterans Way and Salmon Drive across from the Redmond Airport entrance, was substantially completed at the start of June. Furniture is being installed, and the center is slated to open in September.

Meanwhile, the college is also in the midst of planning a large solar array at the Redmond campus. The project comes as a result of the Legislature, which passed a law in 2007 that was amended in 2012 and 2013 and which requires 1.5 percent of the total contract price for new construction or major renovation on public buildings to be spent on green energy technology.

COCC intends to build a ground-mounted 250- to 500-kilowatt solar array, and three sites on the Redmond campus have been selected for the project.

The college plans to begin remodeling the BrightSide Animal Center building Monday, and to have the building ready for students by fall. COCC bought part of the animal shelter in Redmond to house its veterinary tech program.

Meanwhile, the Bend campus has plenty of construction underway as well. Crews have finished installing water and gas lines, as well as most of the electrical conduits for the college’s new residence hall, which is slated to open in summer 2015 and provide housing for about 330 students.

And the college’s Ochoco Building, which was built 50 years ago, is undergoing a major remodel that will allow it to hold both the humanities and the world languages and cultures departments. COCC is in the permitting process and expects to go out for a bid on the project in mid-September. The remodel is expected to be complete by fall 2015.

Much of the funding for the projects comes from the $41.58 million bond measure voters approved in 2009.