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Blinn awards construction contract to Dudley Construction

Board approves $10 million bond sale to fund Bryan campus upgrades

November 18, 2014

Blinn College awarded a $1.37 million construction contract to R.M. Dudley Construction Company, Inc. to prepare its newly leased space at the Tejas Center in Bryan as the College prepares to move its student services off campus.
The Blinn Board of Trustees approved leasing the space located at 3125 South Texas Avenue in October, and the 22,430 square-foot facility will be renovated to accommodate Bryan campus student support services such as enrollment services, admissions and records, financial aid and testing. Blinn anticipates moving personnel into the space in mid-March.

The move would free space on the Bryan campus, which announced an enrollment of 13,587 students this Fall – a 6.4 percent increase over last year. Blinn’s master planning efforts with various consultants project that its Brazos County campuses could see enrollment exceed 15,000 by 2017 and approach 20,000 by 2025. The board continues to consider long-term Brazos County property options.

Founded in 2002, Dudley Construction is a four-time recipient of the Newman 10 Award for the top 10 fastest-growing companies in the Brazos Valley. The company was previously contracted to construct the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center on the Blinn – Brenham campus and constructed additional parking and office space on the Bryan campus this summer.

The board authorized the issuance and sale of $10 million of Washington County Junior College District Combined Fee Revenue Bonds, Series 2014, to fund the Tejas Center renovation, Bryan campus parking improvements, Bryan campus food service and student service upgrades and Bryan campus Administration Building renovations to provide more faculty offices and other projects.

The board approved a tuition adjustment to $36 and a $14 general fee per credit hour that was previously waived for Washington County dual credit students. This Fall, the College’s in-district Dual Credit Program operated at a deficit of $74,000 for the semester. The tuition change is expected to generate approximately $51,400, allowing the College to share in the cost and better invest high school students in their dual credit coursework.

In other business, Blinn raised its parking fee to $200 for an academic year, $125 for the spring and summer and $75 for a single semester. For motorcycles, permits are $100 for the academic year and $40 per semester. The additional funds be applied toward improving traffic flow and student parking services.

Registration is currently open for Blinn’s Winter minimester and Spring semester. The Winter minimester runs Dec. 19-23 and Jan. 5-15, and registration is available through Dec. 18. Registration for the 16-week Spring semester is open through Jan. 19, with classes beginning Dec. 20. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.

About Blinn College
Founded in 1883, Blinn is a comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement. With an enrollment of 19,317 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for its affordable educational excellence.

As part of its commitment to student success, Blinn is implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan titled “Destination Success: First-Year Focus,” which utilizes learning communities to support first-year college students.

For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.