College-wide Recommendations

 

The Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan makes several important recommendations for the College as a whole. 

Utilization

Utilization should be increased to optimize use of existing College facilities. Expansion of general education offerings and student services at primary sites will support increased utilization and improve student access and experience. 

SLCC does not have consistent historical information regarding room and seat utilization from 1989-2008; new technology tools will allow the College to compile and track data that will inform future plan updates. At 2008 enrollment levels, the College space inventory of 2,085,000 gross square feet provides approximately 180.2 gross square feet per full-time equivalent student (GSF/FTE) in non-distance classes.  To improve utilization of existing facilities, an increase of enrollment without new construction to achieve 150 GSF/FTE is recommended target; this is consistent with heuristic models for comprehensive community colleges in other states. 

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This can be achieved through scheduling changes offering classes during underutilized periods, generally in the afternoon hours.  Students participating in the planning process were eager to be able to take a full course load of courses with only two days per week on campus.

Transit

Improved transit access is the highest priority goal identified during the master planning process by students, faculty and staff.  Improved transit access to all locations is critical to enhance student access, reduce overall cost to students and reduce dependence on single occupant vehicles.  New transit stations are planned in close proximity to the Taylorsville and Jordan campuses.  Inter-campus shuttles should be developed in improve connections between campuses.

Landscape

The Plan recommends a consistent approach to the integration of buildings and landscape to identify each location as a part of Salt Lake Community College, but in a manner that also enhances the unique identity of that site.  The evolution of the College towards a regionally appropriate, drought-tolerant landscape is a critical step in achieving the strategic goal of campus sustainability and modeling positive environmental stewardship.

Site Capacity

Capacity studies of each College-owned site (Taylorsville, Jordan, South City, Miller and Meadowbrook) demonstrate that full build-out of all five sites represents more space than anticipated enrollment growth will demand, and thus will likely occur beyond the 20-year planning horizon. 

The plan recommends locations and timeframes for the replacement of certain existing sites and the development of new sites in the southwest and northwest quadrants to improve student access in underserved areas of the County. 

To view a map of each site's capacity study, click on a link below:

The plan recommends locations and timeframes for the replacement of certain existing sites and the development of new sites in the southwest and northwest quadrants to improve student access in underserved areas of the County.