By Tamara Kurth
The El Paso Community College facilities' Master Plan recommendations should be completed before June of this year.
The architecture firm SmithGroupJJR, who is creating the Master Plan in conjunction with local company Mijares-Mora Architects, flew down on Monday, April 13, to meet with EPCC officials.
The company showed the first draft of the preliminary Master Plan to EPCC.
Transmountain campus areal view, may receive new buildings by 2025.
“After the final Master Plan is turned in, the college will sit down and prioritize the recommendations,” Ruben Gallardo, EPCC director of purchasing and contract management, said. “The Master Plan is going to recommend a whole bunch of projects for every campus.”
The Master Plan is a layout for the future development of all five EPCC campuses and the start of the construction for the new Fort Bliss campus.
“Every campus is smaller than it needs to be, so we need to address that,” Gallardo said.
Budgeting factors play a major role in planning before construction begins at EPCC.
“We estimate that the recommendations will far exceed our budget for the Master Plan, so we’ll have to prioritize,” Gallardo said. “We’ll probably be attacking the projects in phases.
The final phase will get us to completion in 2025.”
The EPCC Board of Trustees first approved the Master Plan in the fall of 2013.
The new plan enhancements will also affect student life around every campus.
Each EPCC campus requires different building improvements and is based on the student demographics along with future student enrollment numbers.
“Our student learning process will greatly improve,” Gallardo added. “There will be more classrooms and stronger Wi-Fi connections at each campus.”
Providing the college with a guideline of how its future may be shaped, Rick Lobato, EPCC executive director of the physical plant, said the Master Plan is “about done.”
“We have met with the deans and upper administration of every campus to go over the Master Plan and what the possibilities are for their campuses,” Lobato said. “I keep stressing that as possibilities because I don’t want people to take this document and think it’s a hard and firm document.
“It’s just a vision. Things change with time because our situation may change, but we need it as a tool to map out the road we’re going to take to get there.”
For more information contact Ruben Gallardo at 831-6306 or online at email@example.com.