"Loyd Builders did a fantastic job. We are among the 20 percent of hospitals in the state of Kansas that are accredited, and that means we have to follow strict guidelines for ensuring safety during any renovation. We did not have a single safety violation in the nearly 2 1/2 years of the project. Larry Felix, CEO of Ransom Memorial Hospital as quoted in the March 6, 2012 Edition of the Ottawa Herald
Neosho County Community College Bellwether Award Finalist
The recently completed Neosho County Community College Ottawa Campus was a finalist for the annual Bellwether Award. This award recognizes outstanding and innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges into the future. Below is the press release of their announcement.
Neosho County Community College was recently recognized at the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) annual meeting held January 31 in Orlando, Florida as a finalist in the Planning, Governance and Finance category, sponsored by Council for Resource Development. The presentation entitled “If You Build It, They Will Come” highlighted the construction of the Ottawa Campus completed in nine months using no state of local tax dollars. As one of the 10 finalists, NCCC presented at the Assembly and one winner was then selected from each category by a panel of national experts with each category. The Community College Futures Assembly, now in its 18th year, convenes annually as an independent national policy forum for key opinion leaders to work as a “think tank” in identifying critical issues facing the future of community colleges, and to recognize Bellwether Finalist colleges as trend-setting institutions. Dr. Brian Inbody had the following comments on the nomination; “I am so proud of the work that when into the financing, design and implementation of the Ottawa Campus. It was so exciting that the Council for Resource Development and the Community College Futures Association recognized what an amazing task was accomplished.” “A state of the art learning college building complete with a simulated hospital, built in nine months, at $118 a square foot, using no state or local tax dollars – It was a Herculean feat and it feels wonderful that we were recognized for it with a national award. The building turned out so well. The award is icing on the cake! ” “This project would never have happed without the courage and vision of our phenomenal Trustees. They provided the leadership and the will to get it done.” “It took a large team of people to pull this off, including college personnel, our contractor, Loyd Builders, architects at Devore and Associates, engineers at Bartlett and West, and so many others. But special credit goes to Ben Smith, the Vice President for Operations and the project manager, who ran the day-to-day effort of getting this building built on-time and on budget. This award is for him.”