A planned Catoosa County campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is scheduled to open in mid-2012, the school said today.

An architectural firm will be selected early this year to develop all plans relevant to the construction of the facility.

GNTC received $3 million from the Georgia General Assembly last year to begin planning the proposed 65,000-square-foot facility, and the college anticipates receiving the balance of the funding — about $10.65 million in capital outlay bonds —during this year’s session.

Once the bonds are sold, probably late in 2010, a general contractor will be selected and construction will begin on the project. Construction on the facility will take 12 to 16 months and the college anticipates occupying the new campus in mid 2012.

Since this is a state funded bond project, the Georgia State Finance and Investment Commission will manage the project. A GSFIC project manager has been assigned to the project and will be involved in the selection of the architect and general contractor and every facet of the project through its completion.

The campus would be built on 37.4 acres of land donated by the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners. The land sits at the intersection of Cloud Springs Road and Dietz Road and is approximately one mile west of I-75.

There has been some controversy surrounding the proposed campus, as Catoosa Commissioner Bobby Winters has tried to halt the project, saying the land is in a flood plain. In a statement today, GNTC said:

“The college is aware that portions of the property lie in the flood zone. There is sufficient land outside the flood zone to construct the facility. All local, state, and federal codes and regulations will be complied with during the development and construction of the facility.”

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