SCF Academic Building Groundbreaking Held Jan. 17
(Bradenton, Fla., January 17, 2014) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) officials donned hard hats and shoveled dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony of Academic Building #9 at SCF Bradenton on Jan. 17.
SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld, SCF Board Chair Dr. Craig Trigueiro and SCF Trustee Ann Moore, were joined by administrators, faculty, staff and students to celebrate the start of construction of the 36,000-square foot academic building.
Probstfeld recognized SCF Trustee Carlos Beruff for sharing his expertise and insight in the conceptual stage of the project and the SCF board for its leadership in bringing the project to fruition.
"We applaud and appreciate the Board's vision and commitment to provide solid, functional learning environments for our students," Probstfeld said.
Trigueiro said, "This new building is an example of how the board, along with Dr. Probstfeld, give students what they need for the education of today for the jobs of tomorrow."
Evans Rimel, SCF Bradenton Student Government Association president, gave a student's perspective of the new academic building.
"I'm proud to be an SCF student and this new Academic Building is one that will make all students proud to study here," he said.
Luci Frith, professor, language and literature, and Faculty Senate president, said, "This space will speak of academic learning. We look forward to teaching in classrooms where the focus is on scholarly pursuit."
Others participating in the ceremony were Gary Russell, vice president, academic affairs; Julie Jakway, vice president, business and administrative services; Chris Wellman, director, facilities management; Ted Williamson, architect, Williamson Dacar Associates Inc.; and John Hayes, president, GATES Butz Institutional Construction LLC.
The Academic Building will be a high-traffic facility, housing 17 classrooms for general elective courses taken by all SCF students as well as conference rooms and faculty offices that will better accommodate students who consult with their professors.
Located north of Building 18 and west of Building 10, the new building will replace outdated and crowded 1960s buildings including the Social Science Building and the Faculty Office Building.
The total project cost estimate of $7.1 includes a $5.1 million construction contract, architectural services of $312,920, and classroom and office furniture and equipment. Funds were provided by coupling Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds with SCF's allocation of remodeling and renovation funds.
Site work on the Academic Building began in December 2013. Construction is expected to be completed by the start of the Fall 2014 semester.
Dr.Donald Bowman, SCF vice president of student affairs; Julie Jakway, SCF vice
president of business and administrative services; Dr. Craig Trigueiro, SCF
board chair; SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld; SCF Trustee Ann Moore; Gary
Russell, vice president of academic affairs; and Dr. Mike Mears, vice president
of strategic initiatives.
SCF students with Luci Frith, professor, language and literature, and Faculty Senate
president; Dr. Craig Trigueiro, SCF board chair; SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld;
Gary Russell, vice president of academic affairs; and Evans Rimel, SCF Bradenton
Student Government Association president.