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Williston State College planning renovations to Stevens Hall

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Williston State College is going to be doing some extensive renovations to Stevens Hall, which houses the music program and a Health and Wellness Center.

It will be done through a “P3” concept, meaning "Public-Private Partnership."

WSC president Dr. John Miller said “P3” was chosen because the Legislature hasn’t funded many renovations or new building projects on college campuses.

"In fact, new building projects that they funded, you could count on one hand" Miller said. "So we had a pretty good idea that our project wasn't going to rise to the 'cream on top of the milk.' And we needed to get things done."

Miller said the project will be directed by Johnson Controls. He said the project includes new HVAC systems, lighting upgrades and other projects to bring the facility up to Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.

"It's a lease, but it's funded by a bond payment," Miller said. "The College will have a payment schedule, meaning there will be an amount paid each year. And the term is around 22 years."

Miller said the nice thing about this project is the guarantee at the end of the lease period.

"The equipment and systems technology will be up to speed," Miller said.

The project has a $6 million price tag.