The permanent home of Ozarka College -- Ash Flat is taking shape and the building project is on schedule. The bid was awarded to Noacon Inc. of Fairfield last March on a one-year contract.
Site supervisor for the job, Mike Chitwood of Noacon, said the project is ahead of schedule. "Currently, we are trying to get the building in the dry. The plumbing and electrical are being installed and we are set to begin the drywall work within the next few days." He added, "The project is going quite well and we are hopeful that it will be complete before the March deadline, as long as the weather is cooperative in the upcoming months."
Along with the progress on the interior of the facility, there are crews working on laying the blocks and bricks on the outside of the building. There is also preparation being done on the driveway and parking lot with installation of curbs, guttering and sidewalks.
The 30-acre tract of land located just off Highway 62/412 on College Drive, near the Ash Flat ball park, was donated to the college by First National Banking Company and Bob Watson in March of 2002. The 16,000-square-foot facility will include six classrooms, a lecture hall, science lab, bookstore, conference room and office space.
The Ozarka College Foundation office reports that they are in the process of collecting donations toward the science lab located inside the new facility. Contact the Development Office at (870) 994-7273 or come by the temporary office in Remington Plaza for more information regarding the science lab efforts.