Mesalands wind energy center bidding open

QCS Staff

The Mesalands Community College’s board of trustees on Tuesday voted to open the bidding for a $7 million North American Wind Research and Training Center building.

Mesalands officials received approval from the board to start phase two of the project. This is the construction of a 26,385 square foot building designed by Kilmer and Associates of Clovis.

The building will be divided into two sections. Part of the building (12,697 square feet) will be dedicated for a workshop/garage area large enough to work on the wind turbine components, said David Gallatin, dean of administrative services. The second portion of the building (13,688 square feet) will be used for classrooms, lecture hall, laboratories and offices.

Gallatin said the plan is to begin construction by November and complete construction by December of 2010. The building will have to meet state and federal standards on energy efficiency and will incorporate energy efficient techniques.

Other items before the board:

• The trustees held the annual election of board officers. J. Bronson Moore (chair), Jimmy Sandoval (vice-chair) and Jim Streetman (secretary/clerk) were all retained through unanimous vote.

• The trustees approved a $3 increase to the monthly Health and Wellness Facility fees. The increase changed the monthly charge of $20 to $23 for the public to use the facilities. The increase will help to pay for sterilization products and the purchase of new equipment, said Tom Morris, HWF coordinator/instructor.