Design for $22 million center gets reviewed

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough school board is getting a final look at a nearly $22 million renovation project for the new Hutchison Career Center.

The project goes out for bid next month and construction is slated to begin in July, according to Dave Ferree, physical plant director for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

When it is complete, Hutchison Career Center will be a stand-alone vocational and technical high school. Students who attend that school will get their academic and vocational courses in one building.

The project is a joint venture between the school district and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Both will share use of the building.

The university will pay about $7.8 million, with the borough picking up the remaining $14.1 million. An additional $4.2 million in the budget for the building will go to furniture and equipment, art, design and project administration.

Most of the borough's portion of the project will be funded by a $14 million school bond passed by voters in October 2000.

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