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An outdated lab at the NICC Calmar campus. Renovations would include technology infrastructure upgrades and layouts that reflect contemporary learning environments.

CALMAR — The Northeast Iowa Community College Board of Trustees has selected Dubuque firm Straka Johnson Architects to lead design, construction and renovations for projects funded by the passage of a $39 million bond levy in September.

The trustees selected the architectural firm at its meeting Dec. 17 based on the recommendations of the college, a nine-member search committee and the Request for Proposals formally submitted to NICC for consideration.

Straka Johnson Architects serves clients in the Dubuque tri-state area, and the firm has worked on a wide range of project types, including religious institutions, educational facilities, health care facilities, industrial facilities, recreational facilities, commercial institutions, transportation terminals and facilities, restaurants, multi-family residential and single family residential projects.

Rhonda Seibert, NICC associate vice president of operations, said the architectural firm will first focus its design services on the largest, most comprehensive projects identified by the college — the renovation of the Peosta campus Main Building, the Max Clark Hall building on the Calmar campus, the Dubuque Center and the Town Clock Business Center in Dubuque.

Voters in Northeast Iowa overwhelming passed the college’s bond levy continuation measure on Sept. 11. The $39 million levy will support renovations and updates throughout its 5,056-square-mile district and identified four major priorities to be supported by the approved bond levy: educational programming and services, which include creating flexible, updated and collaborative learning spaces; infrastructure, including renovations to the Peosta Campus Main Building and Max Clark Hall on the Calmar campus; security, including district-wide camera and door security systems to enhance safety; and technology priorities that include replacing network servers and cybersecurity systems.

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