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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016
    Hodde Center work expected to begin in summer
    Construction on the expansion of Blinn College’s technical education center could begin as soon as this summer.
     
    Blinn’s A.W. Hodde Jr. Technical Education Center is undergoing a $1.8 million expansion that will double its size and allow more diverse classes to be held there.

    The expansion is a project of the Brenham Economic Development Foundation, which received a $1.35 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration that will fund most of its costs.
     
    “We are definitely excited to be moving forward with plans for the Workforce and Technical Training Center,” said Clint Kolby, EDF’s projects manager.
     
    “We held our kickoff meeting with the architect and engineer earlier this month to go over goals and scope of work.
     
    “The plan is to be finished with the design process before the end of winter, go through the permitting and bidding process to select a contractor by the end of spring and then actually start construction in the summer.
     
    “We hope to be completely finished with construction in the spring of 2017 if everything goes according to plan.
     
    “However, you never know how Texas weather is going to affect construction.
     
    Blinn pledged $50,000 in funds towards the match and $50,000 in equipment. The college will lease and operate the center.
     
    The BCDC donated $250,000 and land valued at $100,000, and Washington County commissioners committed $50,000.

    (Brenham Banner-Press)