GTCC eyes Daimler site

Apr. 19, 2013 @ 01:37 PM

Guilford Technical Community College leaders are considering the purchase of adjacent vacant property to expand the college's transportation program.
The 37-acre site at 6012 High Point Road adjacent to the Jamestown campus includes a 253,000-square-foot warehouse formerly used by Daimler Buses. The college's board of trustees voted Thursday to allow college leaders to pursue purchasing the property to save money. No price has been released.
“The last occupants used the building for transportation related purposes so it offers a number of features that we need to expand our transportation training programs," said GTCC President Randy Parker. "The college is investigating the potential to acquire and renovate this facility more cheaply than it will cost to construct a new facility at the college’s Cameron campus.”
The property could become a home for college transportation and welding programs, which were originally planned to relocate to the new Donald W. Cameron Campus, located at NC Highway 68 in Oak Ridge. Refitting the Daimler site could potentially be done at a lower price, costing about $33 per square foot as opposed to $210 per square foot to build a new building.  
GTCC has until August to decide whether it will purchase the site. The Guilford County Board of Commissioners and State Board of Community Colleges must approve the purchase.
Parker recently told commissioners that the college needs an additional $3 million next year partly to cover the opening of the new the Center for Business and Industry building on the Cameron Campus in 2014. The campus will be the home for the $65 million N.C. Center for Global Logistics.