At a special meeting Tuesday morning, Salina Area Technical College’s Board of Trustees approved Ponton Construction’s bid of $1,075,000 to build a new student center onto the west side of Building A.

Construction is expected to start soon and be completed by July 31, 2022, in time for the start of the 2022-23 school year.

Salina Tech president Greg Nichols said that “as the number of students at Salina Tech continues to grow, so does the need for those students to have a place to go during breaks between classes.”