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					                   State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
                   District 24 – South Puget Sound Community College

                            2009-11 Capital Program Narrative

Mission and Plan

In 1972 the College first developed a Facility Master Plan to direct campus growth and to
accommodate programmatic transformation. The process of adding new buildings, new parking
facilities, changing existing floor plans, and razing old buildings is guided by this plan.
Adherence to the College’s mission, vision and goal statements direct the development of the
plan. The plan has been updated every six years since 1972 to capture and respond to our
changing community needs. The most recent Facility Master Plan, prepared in December 2007,
includes a series of functional goals, which include:

1. Pursuit of Excellence
       Develop and maintain a strong positive image for South Puget Sound Community
          College through its buildings and grounds.
       Provide high quality learning environment for all learners.
       Provide state-of-the-art technology to support students, faculty, and staff.
       Provide a flexible facilities framework to accommodate changing program initiatives.
2. Responsibility to the Community
       Create a strong community, both within the college and with its neighbors.
       Form ongoing partnerships with other institutions and local businesses.
       Celebrate the natural features of each site to create a memorable sense of place and
          physical environment that is source of pride in the community.
3. Student Centered Education
       Develop programs balance between the campuses with rough symmetry in their
          offerings and resources.
       Provide a wide variety of gathering places to support formal and informal learning
4. Culture of Respect
       Strive for “one college in two locations” in both physical planning and campus
       Provide a safe, comfortable and supportive work environment for faculty and staff.
5. Celebration of Inclusiveness
       Provide a diversity of experience in and out of the classroom.
       Create and maintain a campus environment that is fully accessible to all members of
          the community.
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Plant and Operations

The College currently owns 102 acres in west Olympia. With the addition of the corner property
at Mottman Road and Crosby Boulevard, the college purchased the last vacant piece of
contiguous land available at this location. In 2005, the college purchased an undeveloped 64.78
acre site for future expansion located in the City of Lacey, north of the I-5 corridor on Marvin

There are 21 buildings on campus with a total of 355,577 gross square feet. The last portable
building was demolished in 2005. The Hawks Prairie Center, located in Lacey, provides 23,000
square feet of leased space for instruction and computer training. The 2007 Facility Master Plan
identifies fourteen building footprints and parking for development on the new campus in the
near future. The 2007 Hawks Prairie Campus Master Plan identifies three future building
footprints for development on the new site along with the necessary infrastructure, including
wetland consolidation, roads, sidewalks, and parking.

The condition of the permanent facilities ranges from poor to superior. The College Center
Building (22) scores 472 which is poor. Since the last baseline condition survey the general
overall condition of the facilities on campus has improved. The Physical Plant Department has a
computerized maintenance management program in place for preventive maintenance of
mechanical systems, roofs and electrical equipment. Although the dollars spent annually for
routine maintenance and repair is below industry standards, the College has a manageable
deferred maintenance backlog. A majority of the deferred maintenance backlog is related to the
College Center Building and will be addressed with a major renovation project. Capital repair
allocations over the past three biennia have taken care of major roof, mechanical and electrical
repairs throughout the College.

The more urgent challenge for the college is the need to upgrade Building 25 HVAC, site work
repairs and Building 20 Preschool Playground modifications. The college is currently planning
for the following: electrical and telecommunications vault repairs, fire & safety upgrade, storm
water, sewer infrastructure repairs.

The number of physical plant staffing is below industry standards for the campus size. As
construction is completed new custodial and maintenance staff is hired from the operating budget
allocation to service the new facilities. The building maintenance staff will need new skills and
knowledge to address more complex operating systems. The college has conducted an
assessment of the Facility Maintenance operations to learn how to best utilize and train staff to
meet the current and future maintenance of facilities.

Student Population

Including Workforce and Running Start students, the College served 4,250 FTE in fall 2007.
Projections for 2019 show an increase to 5,689 FTE. The majority of our students are full-time
students, yet the mix of full-time and part-time changes every quarter. The largest percent of the
student population is enrolled in academic transfer programs.
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Instructional Programs

South Puget Sound, a fully accredited, comprehensive community college, offers Associate of
Arts degrees, Associate of Technical Arts degrees, and numerous certificate programs. The
College instructional program contains elements of three major areas of emphasis. They are
transfer, developmental and technical. The transfer area enrolls the single largest number of
students, followed by technical program areas, and then by developmental. Mathematics, College
Writing, Psychology, History, Speech and other general education classes provide support to
technical programs while at the same time enabling baccalaureate transfer students to complete
their general education requirements. Technical programs include Computer Information
Technology, Nursing, Electronics, Drafting, Land Surveying, Automotive, Early Childhood
Education, Dental, Interpreter Training and Food Services. To meet the local demand and to
serve our diverse population, the College has extended its offerings to include weekend general
education classes. Additional sections of classes are offered in the early mornings and more
sections are being offered in the afternoons to accommodate additional students and students
with diverse life schedules.

Major Capital Challenges

The primary capital need addressed in our capital budget requests for the past two biennia are the
New Science Complex, Building 22 Renovation, and the Learning Resource Center. The 2007-
09 requests includes funding for the construction phase of the new Science Complex, design
phase of Learning Resource Center and partial design & construction phase of Building 22
Renovation. The 2009-11 requests include funding for the construction phase of the Learning
Resource. The 2009-2011 requests also include funding for renovation of the largest building in
the campus, College Center Building 22, a project included in the 2007 Facility Master Plan.

The are changes the college is making to the implementation of two major capital projects – the
Learning Resource Center and the renovation of the College Center Building (Building 22).

Several changes have occurred since the college submitted predesign studies to OFM for both
projects. First, the City of Olympia adopted new storm water requirements, as well as set back
distances for Percival Creek. Second, the college spent the last year completing an extensive
analysis and update to the Facility Master Plan. As a result of these changes, the college team
has created a new implementation strategy which we believe is much better than the original
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The proposed strategy has four phases utilizing both appropriations as follows:

Phase 1 – Build a new industrial     Benefits: These programs create noise, mess and indoor air
building for Automotive              quality issues that have a negative impact to other building
Technology, Welding and              occupants. They also create unsafe traffic patterns in the
Shipping and Receiving, moving       heart of campus. The existing space is poorly utilized;
these programs out of Building       newly designed space for these programs will be more
22.                                  effective and up-to-date.
Phase 2 – Construct an annex to      Benefits: The college needs more classroom and office
Building 22 for offices and          space. This phase also empties Building 22, which avoids
classrooms                           having to renovate an occupied space.
Phase 3 – Renovate Building 22       Benefits: Creates a true college center for students, with the
for the Library and student          library and all student support services being located in one
services programs.                   location. This phase allows the college to keep the existing
                                     Lecture Hall. This location was the original site for the new
                                     Learning Resource Center. While this location was ideal for
                                     the center of campus, it has storm water and soil challenges
                                     that would have been expensive to address
Phase 4 – Remodel Building 25,       Benefits: This remodel allows programs currently housed in
first floor, currently occupied by   Building 22 to move into space being vacated by Student
Student Services.                    Services.

College staff and our consultants are very enthusiastic about this plan. We believe it will
accomplish the original scope of work intended to improve our programs and provide new space
necessary for growing enrollments.

2009-11 Capital Request Summary

Project No.    Project Description                               2009-11      2011-13     2013-15
10-1-038       Roof Repairs “A”                              $    72,400
10-1-078       Facility Repairs “A”                          $ 703,500
10-1-818       Site Repairs “B”                              $ 712,300
10-2-158       Minor Improvements                            $ 483,600
08-1-316       Building 22 Renovation                        $10,001,169
06-2-698       Learning Resource Center                      $35,382,007