Campus-specific Recommendations

 

The Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan makes specific recommendations for long-term development at each College site.  These recommendations are intended to optimize the use of each venue, particularly in ways that can strengthen established individual campus themes.

Taylorsville Redwood Campus

Taylorsville Redwood is a mature campus with some capacity for additional facilities and a need for ongoing renewal of existing buildings to meet current program needs.  The existing Auto Trades Building will be demolished and provide the site for a new instructional building, replacing the existing Administration Building which is seismically deficient.  Additional instructional space, including space to support growth of distance educations programs, may be required.  Improved transit access is a priority;  a planned future multi-modal transit station will be located on or near the campus.

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Jordan Campus

Continued development at Jordan will emphasize general education offerings and programs that reinforce the Health Sciences theme of the campus.  A denser pattern of buildings is recommended to create more intimate outdoor gathering spaces for informal learning and social interaction.  The Jordan campus comprises a total of approximately 114 acres of developed and undeveloped land.  Capacity studies suggest that the campus can accommodate up to 600,000 gross square feet of new building area, serving as many as 3,500-4,000 additional FTE students, and still leave a significant portion of the site as undeveloped farm land.  SLCC may consider alternate uses for this portion of the site. Construction of a new light rail station slightly more than ¼ mile from the Jordan campus will improve student access, but may be farther than many people are willing to walk;  shuttle service between the campus and the transit center should be provided. 

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South City Campus

Construction of a new instructional building for the Center for New Media is anticipated in the near term (2010-2013) to reinforce an arts-oriented theme for the South City Campus.  Beyond this, ongoing renewal of existing spaces will be needed to maintain a good fit with current program needs.  Capacity studies suggest that with a modest increase in the size of the campus, South can support up to 200,000 SF of additional built space, or approximately 1,200-1,300 FTE students, although this will not likely be required within the 20-year planning horizon.  Acquisition of the adjacent non-SLCC properties on the west side of State Street between 1500 and 1700 South is recommended as these become available.

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Meadowbrook Campus

Existing buildings at Meadowbrook are generally inefficient in terms of space use, and most are beyond their useful life expectancy.  Phased replacement of these buildings with more efficient facilities is recommended to increase the number of students that can be served at the site and to take advantage of the existing TRAX station directly adjacent to the site.

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Miller Campus

Expansion of general education and business offerings at the Miller center will allow more students to complete programs on site, and will improve overall utilization of existing facilities.  As ongoing improvements occur to maintain alignment of facilities and program needs, greater building transparency and visibility of activities at the ground level is recommended to celebrate SLCC programs and give the campus a more collegiate, rather than corporate, character. Modest expansion with a new building at the northwest corner of the site will create a north terminus to an already strong axis established by the existing buildings.

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Library Square Center

The very successful Library Square center is located in an area with a high degree of projected employment growth, with the adjacent TRAX station providing excellent access to students from throughout the Valley.  Instructional space and other facilities are well aligned with the programs offered.  Expansion to the remaining two non-SLCC floors of the existing building is recommended; should code-mandated fire/life safety improvements prove cost prohibitive to expansion in this building, the College should seek another downtown location equally well served by TRAX and other transit options.  Co-location with other institutions may be possible. 

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Airport Center

Expansion of the existing Airport Center is recommended in 2013-2018 to meet student demand for instruction in existing and proposed programs and to reconsolidate aviation-related programs that have been relocated to other campuses.  Construction of a new building in the oversized parking lot could provide an additional 20,000 gross square feet of built area.  If this is not feasible due to airport regulations, other options should be considered, including acquisition of additional near the existing center but without runway access, or relocation to a new site with runway access, at Salt Lake International Airport or another airport in Salt Lake County.

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Highland Center

The new Highland Center consists of 31,354 GSF, serving 684 FTE in 2010.

Rose Park Center

The new Rose Park Center consists of 8,566 GSF, serving 11 FTE in 2010.

New Center - Northwest

Analysis of projected population growth suggests that the Rose Park area and the northwest quadrant of the Salt Lake Valley are underserved by SLCC.  Analysis of projected job growth reinforces this, with employment growth anticipated along major highways and around the airport.  Development of a new SLCC location in the northwest quadrant is recommended in the next 10-15 years, or 2018-2023. This should be coordinated with expansion of programs at the Airport Center. 

New Center - Southwest

Analysis of projected population growth suggests a significant increase in traditional college-age students in the southwest quadrant by 2023-2028.  Development of a new SLCC location in the Herriman/Daybreak area of the southwest quadrant is recommended to serve this population. This location will have a major focus on renewable energy studies and has the potential of being a showcase sustainable campus for SLCC.

eCampus

Expansion of online and distance education programs will further increase access for students in Salt Lake County and beyond,  with minimal need for additional physical facilities.  Distance programs account for approximately 11% of  2010 full-time equivalent students (FTEs).  Increasing these programs to accommodate 25% of FTEs is considered a conservative goal; online enrollment may significantly exceed this goal within the 20-year planning horizon.

Online and distance education programs currently require physical classroom space, faculty work space, testing and assessment facilities, and server/equipment space;  space per FTE is significantly smaller than for traditional programs, and is projected at approximately 30 GSF/FTE.  This space factor is anticipated to decrease as technological advances reduce or eliminate the need for certain spaces, such as testing and assessment facilities.