SCC looking to expand wine into Yadkin with tasting bar

First Posted: 9/14/2009

Surry Community College may have found an outlet to sell the wine produced by the schools viticulture and enology program.
At Monday nights Board of Trustees meeting held at the Mount Airy Workforce Development Center, Marion Venable, executive director of the SCC Foundation, received the boards endorsement to pursue an opportunity with the Yadkin Arts Council.
The Yadkin Arts Council is looking into creating an area in downtown Yadkinville which would serve retailers as well as acting as a tasting room for some area wineries and an art gallery.
I make the recommendation that we endorse it heartily, said Trustee Bob Comer of the $2.75 million project proposal.
Under the proposal, SCC would become a partner with the Yadkin Arts Council and another vineyard. Under the agreement, SCC would be responsible for providing $283 per month plus minimal utilities and a staff member 1.33 days per week. In return, the college would be able to participate in the common tasting bar.
It will give SCC an added presence in Yadkin County, said Venable. It will give students the ability to learn what is very critical about wine and that is to market it.
House Bill 667, which was ratified Aug. 10 and signed by the governor, allows the college to market wine at one non-campus location at retail. Before the passing of this bill, the college could only sell its wine wholesale, through festivals or in the tasting bar at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
The board also heard from representatives of Little Diversified Architectural Consulting and Susan Pendergraft, vice president of administrative services, about Projects #1722 and #1521.
Project #1521 is the N.C. Center for Viticulture and Enology. According to Pendergraft, the project as a whole, which started June 15, is about 25 percent complete. The building itself is about 15 percent complete. The deadline for construction is August 2010, however, the construction crews have set May 27 as a tentative release date to the school.
The front entrance to the campus, which was closed as construction began, has since reopened as has some of the parking in that area.
Were very pleased with the progress weve made, said Pendergraft.
Project #1722 is the auditorium and science building, which would be built next to the N.C. Center for Viticulture and Enology. The Little representatives hope to have the final written documents on the project to the college by the end of the week before they go to the state construction office for the advanced planning process.
According to renderings shown by the architects, the science building and auditorium will be connected by doors and passageways which can be closed off when necessary. The science building has a net square footage of 25,825, while the auditorium has a net square footage of 32,800. Both buildings will have three stories.
The auditorium will be separated from the viticulture and enology center by a courtyard with the science building on the other side of the auditorium.
When Little took the project to a private cost estimator, the figures came back at $270.24 per square foot, a figure that falls below the average cost for each of the buildings. The original estimate is for $19 million with the possibility of an additional 10 percent design estimating contingency to account for any changes.
There are also five possible alternates for the project: a 3,000-square-foot bay on the science building, a glass elevator, an electronic lift at the orchestra pit, saw-tooth roof monitors and the use of limestone instead of pre-cast for the outside of the building.
I just want to know where the moneys coming from to build it, said Comer after the presentation.
The best I can say at this juncture is well be in touch, said Pendergraft.
Tony Martin presented the board with the financial reports for this fiscal year. SCC is at a little less than 13 percent of its fiscal year budget while the Yadkin Center is at a little more than 10 percent.
The college has already had to provide a three-percent reversion to the state with the knowledge that it will have to revert an additional five percent, around $1.2 million in total. The college has also been cautioned to hold another one percent in reserve in case of an additional reversion.
Martin also proposed that the board approve a merger of employee benefits under one broker. The college now has dental, life insurance and cafeteria plans under three different companies. Combining them will make it easier for the administrative staff to handle each program. The final decision has been deferred to the October meeting.
Dr. George Sappenfield, vice president of corporate and continuing education, presented the self-supporting policy for continuing education to the board for approval. The policy provides that there are fees for classes not covered by state funding in continuing education.
Dr. Jami Woods, vice president of curriculum programs, presented the colleges articulation with high school college tech prep courses. Students taking these classes in high school who achieve a B or higher and a score of 80 or higher on the VOCATs receive college credit.
The board re-approved the free speech and public assembly policy with no changes. It also approved the reappointment/non-reappointment policy with the modification that employees be notified before the last day of the contract instead of by May 1.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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