The Master Plan Update is built upon a series of strategic programmatic moves encouraging MCC to be more effective in the delivery of education. The Fort Omaha Campus is anticipated to grow at a faster rate than forecasted by the space needs analysis because of the addition of programs initiated by the strategic consolidation of the construction-related Applied Technology programs. In order to reduce redundancy and improve efficiency, and based on specific recommendations from the College and Community Advisory Committees, the following programs have been planned for migration to the Fort Omaha Campus:
- Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology
- Construction Technology
- Electrical Apprenticeship
- Electrical Technology
- Industrial and Commercial Trades
- Plumbing Apprenticeship
Making a Campus at the Fort
During one of the College Advisory Committee meetings early in the analysis phase of the Master Plan Update, the question was asked: "Is it a Fort, or is it a Campus?" The planning concept for the Fort Omaha Campus revolves around resolution of this issue. At the broadest sense, the physical plan for the campus builds upon the trend already begun by MCC with the construction of the Institute for the Culinary Arts (ICA) and the renovation of the Mule Barn as classroom and meeting space. New campus buildings south of, but adjacent to, the historic Fort Omaha Campus will allow for the creation of a walkable and appropriately-scaled pedestrian campus anchored by two campus quadrangles. One iconic open space runs east-west and terminates at a renovated academic resource center in Building 30. The second iconic open space runs north-south and terminates at a re-imagined mixed use edge that links the campus to the North Omaha community.
Academics South; Support Services North
The existing historic buildings can be preserved and utilized more appropriately as office, guest house, and outreach space by migrating academic functions to the south side of the Fort Omaha Campus. Additional larger footprint buildings on the north side of the campus should be reserved for community outreach, developmental education, administrative, and Facilities Management space. These functions are beneficial to the community and essential to the operations of the campus, but not essential to the day-to-day workings of the student-oriented walkable campus on the south side of campus.
The beautiful tree-lined Parade Ground, will be enhanced with active recreation and ephemeral performance uses.
Space Needs Analysis
At the Fort Omaha Campus, the space needs analysis outlined an overall deficit of approximately 23,000 asf (37,000 gsf) of space at the 2009 fall base year. The largest existing deficit occurs among academic offices and services. As the Fort Omaha Campus grows over the 10-year plan horizon, the space needs analysis projects that the campus will have a 45,000 asf (72,000 gsf) deficit in space.