PATHWAYS

The College of the Mainland’s primary student success initiative aligns student coursework with their prospective degree to get them in and out with efficiency, whether it is as an academic transfer student or earning a 2 year Associates on campus. The initiative of the master plan is to transition the buildings so they are properly organized (as much as logistically possible) around these pathways.​

PUBLIC SERVICES EXPANSION

The current Public Services building is really absent of Lab Space. Currently all labs are taking place in what are essentially classrooms. The proposed expansion would include a series of double labs with shared storage and wet areas for common use. The police, fire, and EMT would each have a lab and a 4th multipurpose lab would be included. This expansion would include a training tower, residential burn structure and outdoor pavilion.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

The chart below identifies capital improvement projects considered vital to: (1) addressing the instructional space needs for projected student population growth; (2) enhancing the quality of campus life for its students, visitors, faculty and staff; and (3) increasing the types of programs and services currently available to students and the surrounding community. Estimated costs reflect 2016 dollars.

WELCOME CENTER

NEXT GENERATION LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

Required to accommodate the changing landscape of today’s students, educators, learning and teaching styles; adaptation of 20th century buildings and teaching modalities.

OUTDOOR PAVILION

As part of the field area, the Outdoor Pavilion will consist of a covered roof area for restrooms, general storage and storage. This structure will allow the students areas of shade during the hot summer months, areas of warmth during the cold winter months and restrooms so that the students do not have to traverse all the way back to the main academic building during Student Activities. This outdoor pavilion will be utilized in many different ways to benefit the students and professors a like. Its location is ideal as it is centrally located between in the middle of the quad and will be surrounded by the rest of the new and old buildings.

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TRAFFIC INFRASTRUCTURE AND PARKING LOT REPAIR

Rework the entrance around the new welcome center and fix all parking lots that currently flood during heavy rains.

STEM / ALLIED HEALTH BUILDING

Given the age of existing science labs and needs for additional nursing and health carriers’ capacity - combined with their overlap of several science courses - it seems like a great synergy for a new campus building on the quad.

Click here for more detailed information on each of the above initiatives.

NEW MASTER PLAN  - INTRODUCTION

The College of the Mainland Long Range Master Plan is a strategic and tactical guide for the physical development of the system’s current campus. The campus has reached a critical juncture in its life span. Each passing year, time is taking a compoundingly stressful toll on the campus’ infrastructure and learning environments; but the most critical issue at this time is the increasing pace in which COM is losing its ability to compete in an ever-increasingly competitive market place.


What follows is the planning team’s documentation for COM’s Long Range Master Plan. The preceding plans and images will give the college a sense of what 2025 and beyond could look like, provided the necessary steps are put into place. It is important to note that these plans cannot be created overnight, nor would the college want to do that without the student population to support it. Therefore, all work items have been given priorities in order to establish the correct building order as the plan outlines.

PLANNING CONCEPTS

1. Preserve the natural environment and physical character of the college.
2. Promote a pedestrian friendly campus
3. Locate and orient buildings to create engaging outdoor spaces.
4. Enhance the convenience and accessibility for all campus users to navigate their way

    around campus – both vehicular and pedestrian, on-site and in buildings.
5. Enhance the quality of campus life for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
6. Provide new programs and facilities for today’s labor demand.
7. Adapt to serve today’s students needs and expectations. These principles offered the

    planning team some clearer direction in identifying developmental concepts that

    emerged as “form givers,” creating the framework for the master plan.

MASTER PLAN PHASED PROJECT COSTS

The chart to the right is an illustration of potential costs for grouping the above Master Planned Phases in to groups for the purposes of bond planning or capital fundraising. The groups are simply based on the goals of the Master Plan to arrange the campus by Pathways and to utilize the land currently occupied by the TVB building into a new, dedicated facility for Academic Transfer Students. These Phases are only the recommendation of the Master Planning Team and projects can easily be manipulated into other phases as needs arise on campus. For example, projects listed in Phase 5, such as the Theater Addition, could be constructed at any time moving forward due to the nature of the project. Some projects require other projects to occur first and have limited abilities to transfer from phase to phase.

INDUSTRIAL CAREERS BUILDING

Given the age of existing science labs and needs for additional nursing and health carriers’ capacity - combined with their overlap of several science courses - it seems like a great synergy for a new campus building on the quad.

Click here for phased site plans included in the campus master plan.

WELCOME CENTER

A “one stop shop” for enrollment, financial aid, registration, student ID, and other associated functions to allow students an efficient and effective enrollment process.

CLASSROOM STANDARDIZATION

Due to the college’s sporadic growth over the years, the instructional facilities are a smattering of sizes and shapes. This initiative is to standardize classrooms and lab sizes/shapes in order to ensure ease of scheduling moving forward.

MASTER PLAN INDIVIDUAL PROJECT COSTS WITH ESCALATION

Taking the Phases generated by the Master Plan and using a 1% per month factor for escalation, these following chart is a demonstration of the impact of construction cost escalation moving forward for future bonds and capital fundraising purposes. The numbers presented in this book have a very short duration for use because of the dynamic nature of economic forecasts and industry factors such as labor shortages or surpluses that greatly impact the cost of construction in the future but are unknown at the present time.

WAYFINDING AND SIGNAGE

Improve the ability of students and visitors to find their way around campus while improving and updating the look and feel of the campus and buildings.

COURTYARD

The distinct architectural vernacular of the College of the Mainland has served it well for the last 50+ years, providing a unique backbone for the College’s community brand and identity. However, the years have also produced a multitude of quick, pragmatic building decisions that have generated a series of tired, band aided solutions to a much larger challenge. Time has taken its toll, and the college is poised for a significant, master-planned capital improvement program to bring its campus into the 21st Century.


The addition of new facilities, parking, and outdoor environments will create a unique, revitalized experience for students of College of the Mainland. The campus has an abundance of available land and opportunities to develop progressive programs, facilities, and amenities that will enable the college for capture a greater share of prospective students. The new master plan for the main campus simplifies the layout while creating thoughtfully inspired building locations and outdoor learning and engagement spaces. The proposed master plan responds to each one of the goals established throughout the data documentation process and creates a fully functional campus that takes College of the Mainland into the future.

PERFORMING ARTS

Several Performing Arts projects are required to transform the Fine Arts Building into the Performing Arts Center. These projects include a new band hall, new classroom space for the Theater Companies to utilize and a new Performing Arts Theater with proscenium theater.

RESIDENTIAL BURN STRUCTURE

This interesting structure is setup as two different scenarios and will be located near the Firing Range. Students will see a two-story residential house from one view, and a three-story apartment complex from the other. This allows maximum flexibility with training scenarios without having to create multiple buildings. This structure will have many unique features that would be similar to anything you may encounter at a typical residence. This could include: trees, artificial turf, carports, outdoor staircases, perimeter fencing, attics and garages. Live fire burn props will be placed thoughtfully throughout the building to again allow for different training techniques, situations and events. At about 5,000 square feet, this building achieves a lot of flexibility for its small stature. In the vicinity would be a car for practicing car fire extinguishing.

NEW ACADEMIC BUILDING

In terms of coursework, the largest pathways are academic transfer pathways. Housing all these in one facility with NextGen classrooms, department staff, and the Dean’s administrative staff would complete the transition of the college’s organization around pathways.

MEP AND TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENTS

Required to enhance and maintain functionality, as well as improve the classroom environment.

I N I T I A T I V E S

Based on findings and directions introduced earlier in the master plan, the planning team has outlined a few overlying initiatives for the college. The initiatives that follow are recommendations based on previously shown data, as well as the last six-and-a-half months of in-depth analysis:

OTHER PROJECTS INCLUDED IN THE MASTER PLAN

MAKE THE COLLEGE FEEL COLLEGIATE

The College of the Mainland’s primary student success initiative aligns student coursework with their prospective degree to get them in and out with efficiency, whether it is as an academic transfer student or earning a 2 year Associates on campus. The initiative of the master plan is to transition the buildings so they are properly organized (as much as logistically possible) around these pathways.​

ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY

The development plans for each campus were shaped by three key drivers: (1) the physical site and its carrying capacity; (2) new facility needs, (3) the key planning principles developed and documented during the meetings conducted with the college leadership groups for each campus.


The planning principles reflect the ideals that members of the college leadership groups feel are critical to maintaining and enhancing the character and quality of College of the Mainland as it responds to the growing needs of the system and service areas. Some of the planning principles that serve as baseline considerations for the development plans include​:

STUDENT CENTER /  LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER BECOME A LEARNING COMMONS

The Welcome Center will connect directly into the Student Center. This provides an opportunity to renovate and improve the existing student center. Such improvements will include Branded food service, renovated dining space, and the relocation of the HR department to the Administration Building in order to make the entire building student focused. The transformation of the Library into a learning commons is another project that will enhance the overall campus experience. By reducing the amount of space utilized for stacks and adding some small group learning and technology focused learning spaces the library becomes a learning commons. Along with this renovation, the auditorium would be renovated to update A/V, seating, acoustics, and technology. Finally, the third floor would be able to become focused on Adult Education and Distance learning once the Social Sciences and Humanities find a new home in the Academic Building.

MASTER PLAN INDIVIDUAL PROJECT COSTS

The following cost analysis was performed using Project Cost Resources, Inc. (PCR) to help the College understand the estimated financial impact of the proposed projects. These costs are the best estimate using 2016 based on the preliminary scope discussed with College Staff. These numbers are subject to change based on final project scope and anticipated project start date.

CAMPUS AERIAL PERSPECTIVE

CAMPUS MASTER PLAN OVERVIEW

USE THE COLLEGE'S "GOOD BONES"

The buildings constructed in the 1970s show remarkably little wear to their foundations and structural components. With cost consciousness in mind, every effort should be made to maintain the structures that can be renovated, refurbished or repurposed.