Its steel framework soundly in place, Southern State Community College’s Mt. Orab Campus is right on schedule to open August 2014. Quandel Construction representatives Nathan Minnich-Weber and Todd Clevinger updated the college’s Board of Trustees on progress at the site.
“I’m pleased to say we’re vertical; we’re all the way topped out with our steel,” said Minnich-Weber, at the Oct. 9 regular board meeting.
A June groundbreaking ceremony kicked off construction of the two-story, 50,000-square-feet complex at the intersection of State Route 32 and Brooks-Malott Road in Brown County’s Mt. Orab.
“It’s amazing how far we’ve come since groundbreaking, even despite some weather setbacks,” he said.
Southern State’s expansion project has been several years in the making. In 2010, the college invited an architectural firm to complete a facilities assessment. The study revealed that South Campus in Fincastle required a significant reinvestment to bring the facility up to current standards, which led to the decision to first pursue a replacement campus in Brown County and later a new campus in Adams County.
Following the construction update, the Board of Trustees passed a resolution to authorize the divestiture of the South Campus property via sale or lease. Southern State is working with the Department of Administrative Service’s Office of Real Estate and Planning (DAS Real Estate) to coordinate the sale or lease of the property. Interested parties including local realtors should contact (fill in contact information obtained from Jim Buck).
South Campus will remain open for classes through May 2014. The college will then transition to the opening of Mt. Orab Campus in August 2014.