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2015 East Central College Annual Report

Cochran created the rendering shown on pages 14 and 15  for the renovation building project to the recently purchased building known formerly as the Gala Center.  Cochran is the Architect on the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Workforce Training renovation project and designed the renovation to convert the current space of 19,807 square feet to 27,576 square feet.  ECC was awarded an Economic Development Administration grant to be used for the renovation project.  To read more about the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Workforce Training renovation project for East Central College please open the attached publication.


College Trustees Approve Design Services for Project

Posted in The Missourian: Thursday, May 14, 2015, 12:00 pm

East Central College trustees Monday night unanimously approved a contract with Cochran Engineering for professional design services for the renovation of the former Gala Center.

The college recently purchased the 19,807-square-foot building — previously used as an event center — to house career and technical programs. The building is located southeast of the main campus and sits on 4.33 acres. It includes parking for 255 vehicles.

Renovations will include creating a lab space where program equipment can be set up, as well as classrooms for instruction and offices for personnel.

The professional design phase of the project will cost $137,000, which includes fees for architectural, civil, structural and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection design.

The firm also provided separate fees for the design of a loading dock and in-fill of the existing courtyard patio.

Dr. Jon Bauer, ECC president, noted that until work begins, officials will not know whether any of the additional services will be required. If so, the board will be asked to approve an addendum to the contract, he said.

Trustees approved the center’s purchase in April. The college paid $1.2 million for the building and property.

“Cochran is the firm that actually designed that building,” Bauer told the board. It was built in 2007.

The firm also assessed the building when the college was researching whether or not to move forward with the purchase.

“They’re both very familiar with the building and already familiar with our existing space utilization and how that facility can be used,” Bauer said. “They are uniquely qualified to do the design work.”

Design work will take place over the summer, Bauer said, with bid requests to go out in the fall. Renovation is expected to continue into the spring with an anticipated move-in date at the close of the spring 2016 semester.

To learn more about other Cochran projects with East Central College.

Re-Dedication of the Audrain County Courthouse

web-courthouseIMG_2443A Re-Dedication of the Audrain County Courthouse Grounds and Memorials will be held on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16th at 10:00 AM. The ceremony will begin on the east side of the courthouse lawn with the raising of the flag.  Residents of Audrain County are encouraged to attend this historic event.

There will be many organizations from throughout the county participating in the event including 3175 MP Det1 First National Guard, Mexico, Audrain County VFW Post 3772, Vandalia VFW Post 2173, Mexico American Legion Post 26, Martinsburg American Legion Post 552, Laddonia Legion Post 510 and the Missouri Military Academy Choir.

The re-dedication will include the Lady of Liberty, Audrain County Veterans Memorials and the Exercise Tiger Memorial. The planning for the courthouse and grounds renovation began over three years ago and was completed May 1.

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Fricks Market Earns Merchandising Award

Fricks-68-smallerPosted in The Missourian: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 6:32 pm | Updated: 8:14 am, Wed Apr 29, 2015.

Fricks Market, in Union, recently received a 2014 Excellence in Merchandising Award from the Springfield Division of Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. The recognition came during a ceremony in Branson on April 7.

The division honors one grocery retailer for excellence in merchandising or marketing in each of 10 categories. Fricks earned the Excellence in Merchandising Award in recognition of its outstanding salesmanship and presentation of AWG Brands items.

Owner, Jennifer Newbanks, together with the store manager, Michelle Kohler, and Kyle Kohler, grocery manager, accepted the award on behalf of the store following a short video presentation highlighting the store’s overall merchandising excellence in the category.

Winners of the division awards also are eligible to compete in the AWG Corporate Excellence in Merchandising Awards presented during the wholesaler’s annual meeting held in Kansas City, Kan.

“Independent retailers work very hard to be the best in the grocery business every single day,” said Tim Bellanti, senior vice president and division manager of AWG-Springfield. “It is with great pride that we recognize those merchants who excel in the critical areas of merchandising that make them unique and special in their marketplace.”

Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. is headquartered in Kansas City, Kan., and is the second-largest retailer-owned grocery wholesaler in the United States, serving more than 3,400 member grocery stores in over 30 states via its seven grocery distribution centers.

AWG-Springfield serves about 360 stores in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois, and Oklahoma.

Read more about Frick’s Market.