EL RENO CAMPUS
A $10 million, 40,000-square-foot addition is fully underway. Exterior work is nearly complete. Interior walls are currently being constructed. The project is expected to be complete next fall in time for the 2019-20 school year.
The new space will be home to CV Tech's Aviation Maintenance program. A large hangar and classrooms is for students preparing for Airframe and Powerplant (or A&P) certification.
Classrooms and lab space will allow for relocation of the school's Pre-Engineering program – currently housed at the Cowan Campus. Sophomores were added to this high school-only, college-prep program for the first time in 2018-19. School officials envision Pre-Engineering students collaborating extensively with students in other related programs.
Mechatronics is another new program being planned at El Reno. As a result of emerging smart technologies, a need has been created in industry for technicians who understand multi-disciplinary concepts. A certified technician, for instance, might repair a malfunctioning industrial robot on an assembly line.
New construction is funded through lease purchasing and will be repaid with school building fund receipts, said Superintendent Dr. Gayla Lutts.
MA+ Architects of Oklahoma City was hired as the architectural firm for the two projects, and CMSWillowbrook of Oklahoma City is the construction manager for both. The same firms were tabbed to design and reconstruct the El Reno Campus, which re-opened in January 2017.
This will become CV Tech's health campus once construction is complete in Summer 2021. Concrete foundation work is underway for the $20 million project, which will provide an additional 64,000 square feet of educational space, effectively doubling the size of the campus.
Practical Nursing will be relocated from El Reno to the Cowan Campus once the building is readied for occupancy.
CV Tech is collaborating with the Dean McGee Eye Institute to create a new ophthalmic technician program. Other planned new programs at the Cowan Campus include dental assisting and surgical technology.
New construction will also include a seminar center built to FEMA-rated storm shelter standards.
Already, a Health Careers program and high school-only Biomedical Sciences program operate at the 30-acre site that is strategically located between the district's two largest cities (Mustang and Yukon).