GTCC buys Daimler campus

Sep. 16, 2013 @ 09:50 AM

Guilford Technical Community College has purchased the vacant Daimler Buses property near the Jamestown campus in an $8.3 million deal that includes two donations.
The 37-acre site is located at 6012 High Point Road and includes a 253,000-square-foot warehouse formerly used by Daimler Buses and Legacy Paddlesports. 
GTCC will use the property to expand the transportation and welding programs.
The college closed on the purchase, financed by voter-approved bonds, on Aug. 30.
Randy Parker, GTCC president, said the purchase is a further indication of GTCC’s support for the transportation industry with a plan to grow the college’s automotive and heavy truck programs on a parallel with the aviation initiative.
“In addition, the property will give us an opportunity to expand our Jamestown campus,” Parker said.
Plans for the new site include education and training for transportation, heavy equipment, auto body and welding programs. 
“The acquisition of this property meets the current needs of our automotive, welding and heavy truck curriculums and provides additional capabilities to support the growing demand for training in advanced manufacturing industries in Guilford County,” said Jarvis T. Harris, GTCC Board of Trustees chair.
Included in the transaction is a property donation from the Arthur and Emilie Samet family and Andy Zimmerman, owner of Get Outdoors and founder and former CEO of Legacy Paddlesports.  The GTCC Foundation, Inc. has not yet determined how it will use the donated property.
The Samet donation honors Norman and Sylvia Samet for their commitment and passion to GTCC’s contribution of personal and professional development to the residents of Guilford County and for being a key economic development success factor in the region.
“My parents have always been proud of their association with GTCC, and we are honored to continue to support the goals and vision of the college,” said Arthur Samet, president and CEO of Samet Corp.
Zimmerman’s portion of the donation is in memory of Jules Zimmerman, a true entrepreneur, and in honor of GTCC for all the support the college has given residents, Zimmerman said.

Property Deal

Plans: GTCC originally planned to house its transportation and welding programs at the Donald W. Cameron Campus at Oak Ridge. Moving the programs to the Daimler campus will cost about $33 per square foot before renovations, compared to $210 per square foot to build a new facility.

Schedules: Phase I of the Cameron Campus includes a 97,000-square-foot building that will house the North Carolina Center for Global Logistics, scheduled for opening in spring 2014. Phase I renovation of the new Jamestown property is scheduled for January 2014. A projected opening date of the facility has not yet been determined.