State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
District 17 – Spokane Falls Community College
2007-2009 Capital Program Narrative
Mission and Plan
Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) is one of three institutions in Spokane Community
College District 17. The Board has directed each institution to emphasize a different facet of the
community college mission. While SFCC is a comprehensive community college, the Board of
Trustees has directed SFCC to emphasize the liberal arts and academic transfer instructional
offerings within the district. As a result, about 70% of the students are enrolled in academic
transfer courses and programs.
Strategically, the college has strong initiatives in the areas of international education and
diversity, service learning, learning communities/interdisciplinary studies, appropriate use of
technology in the teaching and learning process, and a focus on student learning and the
assessment of this learning. SFCC is one of ten community colleges nationwide to participate in
the First Year Experience Project. As a participant in the project the college has undertaken a
major initiative to improve student success and retention.
College Master Planning
The SFCC campus has 21 buildings with about 533,000 gross square feet (GSF) located on 123
acres. The most recent capital project, renovation of the campus Library, was completed in 2004
The project added 15,626 new square feet and remodeled 23,400 existing square feet. The new
Business and Social Science building of about 70,000 square feet was successfully bid and
construction started in spring 2006. The new building should be ready for occupancy by winter
2008. A new General Classroom building and an Early Learning Center are currently in the
predesign phase of the process; design funds will be requested in the 2007-09 capital budget.
The updated master plan was approved by the Board of Trustees in fall, 2005. The master plan
identified campus issues and concerns and establishes the context for the future campus
development. The plan identifies and prioritizes capital project needs for the foreseeable future.
The highest priorities were submitted to the state board and are included in the state board’s
2007-09 capital budget request. Development of the Magnuson Building, adjacent to campus
and slated to be transferred from Washington State University (WSU) to the District 17, is also
addressed in the plan. The plan also includes an inventory and analysis of campus infrastructure.
The campus infrastructure can support the projects identified in the master plan.
Condition of Facilities
The majority of the buildings on campus are the original buildings that were constructed in 1965
to 1967 when the campus started. The average building age is about 29 years. These older
buildings are functionally obsolete and have worn out heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning
(HVAC), electrical and mechanical systems. They also lack energy-efficient construction
methods and materials, which results in higher than necessary utility bills. Many of these
buildings cannot be economically renovated and must be replaced. The SBCTC Facility
Condition Survey completed in fall 2005 gave the college’s facilities an average score of 316,
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indicating the overall condition of campus facilities is average. But, there is a sharp contrast
between the original buildings and those buildings added later, which for the most part are in
good condition. The new Business and Social Science building currently under construction will
replace three of these small original structures. Two projects in the SBCTC 2007-09 capital
budget request will address two more of these vintage buildings: renovation of the Music
building and replacement of the Chemistry/Life Sciences building.
The district Facilities Department maintains all facilities for the three institutions in the district.
This provides an economy of scale that provides for efficient and effective facilities
management. The facilities department is now placing a greater emphasis on maintenance of
facilities than was the case in the past. To that end the department has invested in and is
implementing a computerized maintenance management system.
For the past few years, SFCC has had significant growth in its student population. In an attempt
to meet this growth without more classrooms, the college has increased its asynchronous learning
opportunities through online courses and telecourses. State and federal legislation has also
caused the college to look to offering short-term and skill-focused training opportunities. There
has been an external push for greater articulation of courses and credits between high schools
and the college, and between the college and baccalaureate institutions. One major challenge is
finding resources, both fiscal and physical to meet student demand. Another challenge is trying
to make up for the lack of adequate funding for equipment and technology upgrades.
Through the master planning process, SFCC has identified needs for additional classroom and
faculty office space; additional learning resource and computer lab capacity; and additional
student support services capacity. Specifically, the master plan has identified the following areas
of major need in priority order, by funding category. Renovation projects: Music Building,
Maintenance Building, Human Services Building, and Computer Support Services space needs.
Replacement projects: Chemistry and Life Sciences, Administration Building, Gymnasium and
Fitness Center, and Fine Arts Building. Growth project: Student Services Center. Matching
Fund project: Magnuson Building remodel.
2007-2009 Capital Request Summary
Project No. Project Description 2007-09 2009-11 2011-13
08-1-031 Roof Repairs “A” $ 694,645
08-1-071 Facility Repairs “A” $ 381,255
08-2-151 Minor Improvements $ 777,100
08-1-219 Replacement – Chemistry & Life Science $ 2,520,000 $27,044,000
08-1-320 Renovation – Music Building $ 1,142,000 $13,094,000
08-2-415 Matching Fund – Magnuson Building $ 941,000
06-2-696 Growth – General Classroom Building $ 1,802,000 $18,686,000
08-1-771 Facility Repairs “B” $ 1,772,807 $ 800,000
08-1-811 Site Repairs “B” $ 104,569