January-February 2023 Construction Update from Dr. Weldy


A great deal has happened with the construction project since the last update. One of the most significant challenges was moving the vast majority of MVCTC’s staff and students from their prior location to the new space or another temporary location. This relocation impacted approximately 95% of our staff and students. After the Thanksgiving break and throughout the winter break, MVCTC contracted with a moving company to make the transition. Our maintenance team and their leadership, Dr. Kevin Lacey, Dr. Matt Bishop, and Mike Study, implemented the plan well, and the move went as smoothly as possible. As the staff went into their new or temporary locations, our fantastic technology department, led by Rhonda Phillips and Randy Schmidt, followed close behind, ensuring minimal disruption to technology. The district greatly appreciated the efforts of everyone involved, including the safety department, instructional support staff members, and especially the students and the parents, for their patience and flexibility. Thank you!

The Agricultural Complex work is now primarily complete. The new and remodeled structures have been turned over for the district’s occupancy. Having our animal and mechanical equipment barns so close to our students in the labs has proven very beneficial.

Unfortunately, there were some additional challenges. During the storm and freezing weather that hit the Miami Valley on December 24 and 25, the district experienced multiple water line ruptures. As a result, the new media center, instructional services office area, and existing administrative building were impacted. Fortunately, the district did not lose any instructional days due to the flooding because there was no substantial damage to classrooms or career-technical labs. The district will continue working with our insurance company to return the media center and instructional services office area to operation as soon as possible. The administrative building was able to return to service by the following week.

With most staff and students relocated before the winter break, the last major phase of the construction project involving remodeling the former West Building has now started. You will see the latest photos that have been added, showing the removal of the interior of the West Building and the hard work of the demolition crew.

There are also two areas left to finish in the main section of the building because the spaces were used to temporarily house academic classes that have now been moved to their new classrooms. In addition, the firefighter/EMS lab and a new small multi-purpose gymnasium are scheduled to be completed in the next few months. As you can see from the photos, both spaces are moving along well. 

The construction team has been working diligently behind the scenes to keep the project moving forward. The next three to four months will be demolition of the West Building and underground work before the concrete can be poured and the new classrooms built. Most of the electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work will occur between now and the end of summer break in August. Stay tuned for more construction updates!