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New architecture firm hired for Butler County Community College library project

The Butler County Community College Board of Trustees approved a contract with a new architecture firm on Wednesday for the renovation of the John A. Beck Jr. Library. The board was unable to come to a final agreement with the previously pegged architecture firm.

The board voted unanimously to award the contract to Renaissance 3, based in the South Side, for $333,360. Trustee P. Richard RitteImann told the board that the school had not been able to come to an “amicable agreement” on issues concerning a contract with Stantec, a Butler firm.

“It's been sometime now, and it's starting to hurt our schedule,” RitteImann said during the meeting.

A call to Stantec for comment was not immediately returned.

Board Vice Chairman William A. DiCuccio was one of four board members to oppose a decision to pay Stantec for preliminary work on the library. DiCuccio said he believed the board had spent enough in legal fees and time negotiating with Stantec, and the firm did not deserve payment. Stantec invoiced the board for $3,800.

“We attempted to reach a final agreemen but were simply unable. The college is ready and excited to move forward with Renaissance 3,” college President Nicholas Neupauer said.

In other business, the board voted to discontinue the school's paramedic degree and certificate credit program because of lack of enrollment.

Akasha Chamberlain is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.


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