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Iowa Lakes CC breaks ground on performing arts addition

June 15, 2017
Estherville News

At the Estherville campus, the groundbreaking officially launched work on a 500 seat Performing Arts Center at Iowa Lakes Community College.

The project has been planned for more than two decades. Last year's bond referendum, which was approved by voters in the area, helped put the venture in forward motion. It will be a center for area performances ranging from regional vocal and instrumental concerts to plays and speech contests.

"This fantastic facility will not only benefit Iowa Lakes, but the community of Estherville and our region we serve as a venue to highlight the passion and potential of the next generation," said Robert Leifeld, executive dean of the Estherville campus.

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College President Valerie Newhouse identified the facility as an important one, which will serve students interested in performing arts. She thanked those attending for supporting the bond referendum.

"Another thank you I would like to offer is to Carol Ayres and Brett Fuelberth. As we were working through the design of this facility, they continued to bring their notes to the meetings and help in the planning. You see, these notes had been compiled going back 25 years or more. They never gave up on their dream," Newhouse said.

Janice Lund, the President of the Board of Trustees from Estherville, also spoke at the groundbreaking.

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"I'm sure you heard the saying, 'Your Community, Your College.' As your elected officials, we are committed to our 'communities' and to listening to your needs while incorporating them into the needs of the students here at Iowa Lakes. I'm personally very happy to be moving forward on this project.

Music professors Carol Ayres and Brett Fuelberth spoke, as well as student Lincoln Larsen of Sioux City. The facility was specifically designed based on the growing needs of current and incoming students.

Bids were received and opened May 11. Christensen Construction submitted the low base bid of just under $6.4 million, which was accepted at the May Board of Trustees meeting. Completion is expected in 2019.



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