MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Career Center board on Thursday took another step toward expanding the space for the ROTC and sports medicine programs: It approved Architectural Vision Group as the architect for the proposed building project.
Andrejs Smiltars of AVG presented the board with a very preliminary plan for the new space, which, if the board approves the project, will be attached to the existing adult education building. The approximately 16,000 square-foot addition includes classroom, storage and office space for both programs, a kitchen area, locker rooms and rest rooms for both men and women and a multipurpose space large enough for a full-sized basketball court.
Preliminary estimates of the cost of the project range from $2.4 million to $2.8 million, or between $150 and $180 per square foot. KCCC director Robert Kirk said different sites for the expansion had been considered, but attaching it to an existing building saves a substantial amount of money on infrastructure and, potentially, utilities.
Treasurer Tracy Elliott said funding for the project will be obtained through a certificate of participation. That is, KCCC will borrow the money through the sale of bonds, and pay it back from general funds.
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