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Local company wins BC gym design/build contract

A local company will build/design a new gym and field house at Bakersfield College. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The Kern Community College District Board announced the contract to renovate the gym and field house has been awarded to a local business.

S.C. Anderson, Inc., received the contract to design/build the Bakersfield College Gym and Field House project, budgeted at $63 million, according to a news release from BC.

The gym and field house project is part renovation, part new construction to create a state-of-the-art facility and is scheduled to start in May 2020 and be completed in December 2022.

"I am pleased to see that the board has approved a local contractor to design-build the second largest project in the Measure J-funded rebuilding of Bakersfield College" Bill Thomas, retiring KCCD trustee, said. "S.C. Anderson Inc. has won the bid to build the new gymnasium. I am looking forward to additional local contractors winning bids in the future."

Measure J, a $502 billion Kern County bond, was passed in 2016. It has already funded new parking lots across the campus and the Veterans Resource Center, which broke ground last month.

The existing gym was built in 1956 and is the second-oldest building on campus.

The new gym will provide ADA accessibility, a more efficient layout, meet all Title IX requirements for gender equality and will allow the athletics programs to expand to meet current demand, the news release said.

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