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Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 5:27 pm | Updated: 2:40 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A career and technical training school in west Mesa is awaiting approval to expand its campus to the east near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, ASU Polytechnic and the site of a planned mega-resort.

The East Valley Institute of Technology could initiate its long-awaited expansion plans for a $10 million east Mesa campus if its nine-member governing board approves architectural plans for the site.

The governing board will vote Monday on the proposed construction project. The project, on 10 acres, is slated to be completed by August 2011, and the groundbreaking could be as early as February.

Once completed, the new satellite campus will focus on vocational areas key to its geographic placement, such as a hospitality industry curriculum in conjunction with the planned $750 million Gaylord Entertainment resort and convention center, said Sally Downey, EVIT superintendent.

Downey said the school would also have aeronautical programs, capitalizing on its proximity to the airport, as well as health programs.

 Downey said construction experts at Arizona State University acted as auditors in helping EVIT chose a construction company and designer for the project. “They helped us narrow down a field of 18 companies” down to one construction company, she said of the proposed satellite campus at Power and Pecos roads.

Kenneth T. Sullivan, a professor at ASU’s Del E. Webb School of Construction, as well as masters students, helped select construction company Sundt and Gilleland Brubaker Architects after researching the companies against a field of more than 30 prospective businesses.

“We measured the organizations, as well as the people,” Sullivan said. “We measured the past performance of the architects, contractors, even the superintendents on the projects.”

For now, the next steps in the school’s eastward migration rest in the hands of the governing board, Downey said.

“We’re going to try to be real good partners once we get out there with whatever industries come to fruition,” she said.

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