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From the Ground Up: Ozarks Technical Community College Workforce Training Center

731 N. Clay Ave.

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Owner/developer: Ozarks Technical Community College
General contractor: Rich Kramer Construction Inc.
Architect: nForm Architecture LLC
Engineers: Toth and Associates Inc., civil and structural; and Interpres Building Solutions LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Size: 21,600 square feet
Estimated cost: $2.6 million
Lender: None
Estimated completion: January 2018
Project description: OTC spokesman Mark Miller said the college plans to fund the project by moving its Center for Workforce Development from the south side of Chestnut Expressway as well as its fine arts department from the third floor of Gillioz Theatre. Both programs are in lease arrangements totaling about $80,000 a year. Miller said the savings over about 15 years would pay for the new building on campus. It’s a pre-engineered metal structure to house 18 welding labs, storage and warehousing, according to the building permit on file with the city. Miller said OTC fine arts will be integrated in other campus buildings and one workforce employee will work in the Workforce Training Center. Other workforce staff moved to the Missouri Career Center a few years ago, he said.

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