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Diesel Technology Addition
11/2010 Update:
This addition is approximately 17,000 SF and is attached to the south side of the existing Tony Noel facility. The facility is substantially complete. Program managers have started to move into the facility with the grand opening took place November 17.

09/2010 Update:
Diesel Technology Addition –This project is an addition to the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Center. This addition will be approximately 17,000 SF and will be attached to the south side of the existing Tony Noel facility. The floors, steel structure of walls and roof are complete, interior systems are being installed. Several building components have not been delivered to the site and substantial completion of the project has been delayed until the end of September.

06/2010 Update:
All concrete flat work has been poured and the majority of the concrete masonry walls have been erected. The steel structures for the walls and roof have been erected and the roof decking is being installed. Rough-in of plumbing and electrical is underway.

05/2010 Update:
Concrete footings and foundation walls have been poured and a portion of the concrete floor has been poured. Rough-in of plumbing and electrical is underway and building materials are starting to arrive on site.    

03/2010 Update:
Work will begin in mid March (weather permitting) with completion of the addition for fall semester 2010 classes.

01/2010 Update:
The project has been bid and the Board of Trustees has approved Johnston Contracting, Inc. of Bloomington as the general contractor. Work will begin in the spring with completion of the addition scheduled in time for fall 2010 classes.

Groundbreaking Ceremony
Parkland College is just weeks away from deciding who will build its new Diesel Technology Addition, for which it recently broke ground in an official ceremony.

Approximately 90 people filled the Tony Noel Agriculture Application Center’s Anderson Room for the groundbreaking ceremony on the morning of Friday, November 6. Honored guests included Parkland College Board members Paul Quinlan, Linden Warfel, and Dana Trimble; Illinois State Senator Mike Frerichs, Illinois House Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, Kevin Johnson from Congressman Tim Johnson’s office, and City of Champaign Mayor Gerald Schweighart; Dan Noel representing the Tony Noel family; and Ron Birkey, CEO of Birkey’s Farmstores, along with other CASE IH and Birkey’s representatives.

Speakers at the ceremony included Jim Walker, vice president for Case IH, and Phil Fayhee, operations manager for Birkey's Farmstores, strong supporters of the diesel program; Parkland President Thomas Ramage and Board of Trustees member Linden Warfel; and Diesel Technology Program Director Mark Ziegler. Ev Levitt, Engineering Sciences and Technologies department chair, served as master of ceremonies.

Following the speeches, guests walked outside on a warm, dry day to watch Steve Hancock, assistant professor in the Diesel Power Equipment Technology program, operate a CASE backhoe to officially break ground for the new addition. Guests also received miniature replicas of CASE tractors and backhoes as a memento of the occasion and enjoyed refreshments. 

Construction bids on the 14,000-square-foot addition to the Noel Center are expected to be turned in by December 1. The project, a vital addition to Parkland’s Diesel Technology program, will allow the college to answer current demand for highly trained diesel technicians, which has continued to grow in the district. Parkland College will be able to double the number of diesel graduates through the increased training space.

Parkland’s Diesel Technology Addition will support the curriculum of a Case New Holland brand-specific program. Birkey's Farmstores, an area distributor/dealer of Case IH and New Holland agricultural equipment, was instrumental in garnering support from the nationwide manufacturer for the program upgrade. Case New Holland support will include sponsoring some Diesel Technology program students and providing free use of CNH equipment. 


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