Northeast State updates HVAC system at Johnson City site

Northeast State Community College has completed the installation of a new HVAC system at its Johnson City teaching site.

The College contracted the S.B. White Co., Inc. of Johnson City to install two boilers as part of the replacement for the HVAC system to serve classroom and administrative space in the facility. The two units will permit the use of one or both as demand dictates.

The old system had been in the building since the Downtown Centre was built in 1986. In a comparison of the current boiler with the new system, the thermal efficiency is expected to increase to 95 percent, which will reduce energy costs substantially.

The system features a 10:1 turndown, meaning a boiler can “turn down” to 10 percent of capacity without cycling, preventing needless energy losses. The system can also be monitored and controlled by remote access.

The HVAC system was funded in part by a Clean Tennessee Energy Grant. The grant program funded a number of projects designed to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings across the state. Eligible recipients included state and local government agencies, utility districts, and private businesses/organizations in Tennessee.

Completion of the HVAC installation allows Northeast State to proceed with Phase 3 of the facility’s renovation, which will include the design and build out of offices, classrooms, and labs. The building is located at 101 E. Market St.


Northeast State continues to move forward on Downtown Centre

Northeast State Community College has announced that Shaw & Shanks Architects are nearing completion of design work for Downtown Centre renovations in Johnson City. Once plans are finalized, the College will issue bids for construction.

The design plans by Shaw & Shanks, a Johnson City-based company, will allow Northeast State to move ahead with construction that will meet required building, fire, and city codes and create space for offices and classrooms for the College’s Northeast State at Johnson City teaching location.
Northeast State signed a five-year lease for the Downtown Centre with the Johnson City Development Authority, which has committed $1 million in funds for interior renovations. The building is located at 101 E. Market St.

The building’s exterior has been pressure-washed, cleaned, and painted with a 3-color scheme. Signage will be placed on the building in the near future, including a digital sign near the intersection of Buffalo and Market streets. In addition, the College’s plant operations personnel have cleaned the building’s interior courtyard and are in the process of landscaping the area.

The College recently received $180,000 in funds from the state’s new Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program to replace the building’s HVAC system.

The College proposes to install two boilers as part of the replacement for the HVAC system in the facility. Having two units will permit the use of one or both as demand dictates.

The building’s current HVAC system has been in the building since its construction in 1986. The new system will increase thermal efficiency from 75 percent to 95 percent and overall annual HVAC operating costs are projected to decrease from $60,000 to about $46,000.

Students enrolling at the Johnson City teaching site may take advantage of East Tennessee State University’s Dual Admission Program. Dually admitted students first enroll at Northeast State to complete an associate’s degree and then enroll at ETSU to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The program eases the transfer process, fosters academic success, and provides enhanced advisement and transition support services.

ETSU will have an office in the facility to provide information for the program as well as a variety of other services. ETSU’s dual admission program is available to Northeast State students at all of the College’s teaching sites.

“We’re excited about this partnership and the opportunity for students to be dually admitted to Northeast State and ETSU,” said Dr. Rick Osborn, Dean of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach. “Not only will this new location make higher education more accessible for students in northeast Tennessee, leading to more college graduates in area, but it will also invigorate Johnson City’s downtown.  I look forward to the opening.”

More information about dual admission can be found at www.etsu.edu/dualadmission.


Northeast State postpones spring opening of Downtown Centre

Northeast State Community College has postponed the spring 2013 opening of the Downtown Centre in Johnson City due to complications brought on by recent heavy rains in the city.

“In the process reviewing the needed renovations for the Johnson City Downtown Center to meet the expectations of students, employees, the community, and the Tennessee Board of Regents, we will have to delay the opening of the teaching site,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, president of Northeast State.

Gilliam said it was anticipated that a spring opening could be achieved by opening up one corridor of the facility; however, the recent 10-year rainfall event caused the delay.

“We have determined we have to address the internal rain water collection issues before we start renovations,” Gilliam said. “In addition, all restrooms have to be redesigned to meet American Disabilities Act requirements.”

Gilliam also said an early analysis of the building’s HVAC systems and duct work indicates a needed overhaul.

“All these would have to be completed before we occupy any area of the facility,” Gilliam said.

Nonetheless, work continues forward with exterior cleaning, paint preparation work, and interior design on the facility.

College officials met with Shaw & Shanks Architects of Johnson City on Aug. 13 to discuss interior design and renovations. The company has provided the College with a first draft of possible configurations for classrooms, labs, and offices.

“We will have final reports from the designers September 24. Then recommendations for contract work will be addressed,” Gilliam said. “A bid process will be required to initiate the actual construction phase. Our goal now is to open in fall 2013, but that is tentative as well until we finalize design and construction plans.”

In addition, the first level of the Centre’s parking garage has been pressure washed and cleaned by Extreme Clean of Johnson City and the interior courtyard of the building was recently cleaned and prepped by the College’s Plant operations staff.

Currently, the building’s exterior is being pressure washed, cleaned, and readied for painting. Johnson City-based Gardner Paint Service is the contractor for the work. In addition, College officials have selected a 3-color scheme for the exterior and forwarded the selections to the contractor.

In December 2011, Northeast State signed a five-year lease with the Johnson City Development Authority for use of the Downtown Centre. JCDA has committed $1 million in funds for interior renovations.

In the meantime, classes are being held at Gray teaching site located at 120 Dillion Court. For more information, call Evening and Distance Education at 423.323.0221, 423.354.5141, or e-mail evedistedu@NortheastState.edu. Gray information can be accessed at www.NortheastState.edu/gray.


Northeast State at Johnson City plans move forward

Northeast State Community College is moving forward with plans to occupy the Downtown Centre at 101 E. Market St. in Johnson City after recently signing a five-year lease for the facility with the Johnson City Development Authority.

The College envisions a three-phrase renovation, with first steps involving the cleaning of the triangular building's exterior and parking garage, and placement of exterior signage. Buffalo, Market, and South Roan streets bound the facility. Plans also include a 6-foot x 12-foot digital sign for the side that faces Buffalo Street. JCDA has committed $1 million in funds for interior renovations.

Phase 1 renovations include four classrooms and a reception/admission area. One of the current courtrooms will be transformed into a multi-purpose facility for classes and/or meetings. Another courtroom will remain intact as a unique teaching environment for speech and debate classes and events. This section of the building, which faces Market Street, is targeted for completion this summer to allow staff to set up offices. Classes are tentatively slated to start this fall.

Phase 2 will add five new classrooms in an area previously used for storage. Plans also call for a science lab in one of the facility's old courtrooms. The College estimates completion by spring 2012. Phase 3 will add additional space for instruction and offices, with completion envisioned by fall 2013.

The College will assign a director and support staff in the next few months and start marketing the facility to potential students. Initial academic offerings will include general core and Learning Support courses, with other programs to follow, based on needs of businesses and industry.