The state has formally accepted the architects for Illinois Valley Community College's $30.5 million Community Technology Center, President Jerry Corcoran reported at Thursday's board meeting.

The architectural firm of Basalay, Cary, & Alstadt of Ottawa, in consultation with Demonica Kemper Architects of Chicago for design services and KJWW Engineering for engineering work, was selected to oversee the project at a Tuesday meeting in Chicago with the Capital Development Board, Corcoran said in an IVCC news release.

"I commend these firms for the high-quality work they've done so far," said Corcoran. "Everyone connected with the college is looking forward to working with them on this extraordinary improvement to our campus facilities."

In a related action, the board approved additional architectural fees totaling $250,344 for the CTC's programming and schematic design phases.

In other business, Corcoran said the forecast for state funding for operating purposes is gloomy. At a meeting of presidents last week in Peoria, Illinois Community College Board representatives warned the current year's budget was based on revenues "coming in at a rate much higher than where we find ourselves today," Corcoran said.

"From a funding standpoint, the future does not look bright for FY 2010 commitments or FY 2011 needs," Corcoran said.

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