Sauk plans for future renovations, improvements

DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College is planning for upcoming and future improvement projects.

One of the college’s main projects this year will be to renovate the western branch of the second floor for around $2.2 million. That area includes several highly used classrooms for English, psychology and other humanities courses, and the goal is to have larger, more flexible spaces, including a commons area where students can wait in between classes.

In addition to the facility improvements, the project includes asbestos abatement and new furniture and equipment.

There’s also a project to upgrade the electronic welcome sign along state Route 2, and the Sauk Board approved a contract in January for Sheridan-based Correct Digital Displays to do the work for about $177,000. The board has talked about a new sign for the last few years, and the Sauk Foundation has agreed to pay for half of it.

Another project in the works is to install a solar array near the eastern corn field on campus, but it was delayed last year because of COVID-19. In August 2019, the board approved a $267,117 bid from Dixon-based Moxie Solar Inc. to install the 99.9 kilowatt solar project, and the college expects to receive a rebate and solar renewable energy credit that would account for more than half of the cost.

The college has also started the process of issuing general obligation bonds of $4.6 million to go toward capital projects for 2021, and will likely issue $3 million in 2022. The process will likely take around three or four months.

Potential projects for the coming years include bathroom renovations, parking lot and sidewalk lighting improvements, road and parking lot resurfacing, learning commons improvements, a cafeteria space, Dillon Mall renovations, and grounds and landscaping work.

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers joined Sauk Valley Media in 2016 covering local government in Dixon and Lee County.