Parker: Daimler deal good for GTCC

May. 06, 2013 @ 07:30 PM

Guilford Technical Community College leaders expect to close by August a deal to buy property adjacent to the Jamestown campus to expand the college’s transportation program.
GTCC President Randy Parker told county commissioners last week that GTCC will use bond funds set aside to erect a building on the new Donald W. Cameron Campus for the purchase. No sales price has yet been released.
The 37-acre Daimler Buses site at 6012 High Point Road includes a 253,000-square-foot warehouse. With just 147,000 square feet of classroom space needed, the warehouse offers room for growth, Parker said. The Daimler site has 600 parking spaces.
“We are considering building a tunnel to that property to improve traffic flow,” Parker said during a Board of Commissioners budget workshop.
The property could become a home for college transportation and welding programs, which originally were planned to relocate to a new building on the Cameron Campus at N.C. 68 in Oak Ridge. With construction bids for the new building 25 percent over budget, GTCC leaders began looking for alternatives, Parker said.  Refitting the Daimler site could be done at about $33 per square foot plus renovations compared to $208 per square foot to construct a new building.  
“There are a number of features there in the warehouse just ready to go for us,” Parker said. “And it will be easy to move.  There are truck bays at the building. We would move in stages as the building is refitted. This is a great deal for the college.”
The opening of the new Center for Business and Industry building on the Cameron Campus is scheduled for 2014. The campus will be the home for the $65 million N.C. Center for Global Logistics.

Cameron Campus

The original plans for Phase I of the GTCC Cameron Campus included these projects:
The N.C. Center for Global Logistics and the Center for Business and Industry: 97,500 square feet of floor space for academic programs for business and industry, logistics and continuing education programs.   CBI under construction.                        

—Transportation and Welding Building: 147,007 square feet for transportation department academic programs related to automotive, heavy equipment, auto body and welding classes and student support services office.  Could be canceled and replaced with the Daimler Bus warehouse at Jamestown.
—Central Energy Plant:  To supply energy to the entire campus.
—A three-level parking deck:  For 206 vehicles with an adjacent parking lot.