Planning Methodology

The Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan was developed in a highly interactive, collaborative process that engaged SLCC students, faculty, staff, administrators, city staff and other stakeholders through open forums, multi-day design charrettes, extensive meetings and one-on-one conversations involving more than 175 individuals over a six-month period from June to December 2008. The planning team developed narrative problem statements, maps, photographs, analytical diagrams, models and other presentation materials to convey concepts and encourage stakeholder participation.

The Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan employed a data-driven methodology using current and historical information from SLCC, Salt Lake County, US Census Bureau and other sources. Planning concepts were based upon regional population, employment and transportation projections for Salt Lake County, as well as College goals for space utilization, student capture and retention.


The Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan used broad heuristic models for comprehensive community colleges providing a mix of academic transfer programs, professional and technical programs, adult basic education and continuing education opportunities. These models were used to develop long-term needs for facilities and parking based upon enrollment growth in traditional and online programs. It has been assumed that in addition to new space needs, continual renovation and alteration of existing facilities will be needed to ensure that the space inventory is well aligned with the evolving space needs of instructional programs.

Based upon projected growth, development milestones have been established in five year intervals to the 20-year planning horizon. Near-term projects (0-5 years) are relatively specific in terms of space needs; longer-term projects are necessarily more speculative. Regular updates to the Plan are needed to refine future space needs.

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