CPCC signs facilities services contract with GCA

last modified Jun 26, 2012 12:46 PM

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has signed a contract with GCA Education Services Inc., to provide facilities services for the College beginning Aug.1. Through the three-year agreement, GCA will handle CPCC’s facilities maintenance, grounds keeping, housekeeping and some smaller services like office furniture moving. The amount of the contract is approximately $6.5 million a year.

GCA has an operations office in Charlotte and through its education division serves dozens of higher education institutions, including N.C. State University, The Citadel, North Carolina A&T University and multiple community colleges.

“This new partnership will help CPCC consolidate all of its facilities maintenance services under one, comprehensive contract,” explained Rich Rosenthal, CPCC associate vice president for facilities and construction. “This will allow the college to reach a higher level of efficiency and cost effectiveness. We will improve our preventative maintenance program and increase our use of technology in the maintenance process.”

The contract will affect 37 employees in CPCC’s facilities services department. Between now and Aug. 1, GCA will interview all of those CPCC employees who are interested in transitioning to the company. CPCC also is providing career planning services to the impacted employees.

At the suggestion of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, CPCC in 2011 started the process of assessing its facilities services to determine if greater efficiencies could be achieved. CPCC anticipates the new agreement will save the college about $500,000 a year.

GCA is exclusively a facilities services company, with 30,000 employees. GCA serves more than 100 commercial clients in North Carolina, with 1,500 employees in the state.

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.