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MCC Facilities Master Plan

2014 Data Update

MCC engaged SmithGroupJJR and Paulien & Associates to review and update data compiled as part of the 2010 Master Plan Update for Campuses and Centers. The 2014 Master Plan Data Update is a continuation of the 2010 Master Plan Update with shared overarching principles and project goals. Additionally, the 2014 Update includes recommendations for responding to growth in Sarpy County.

2011 Implementation Plan

Following the completion of the 2010 master Plan Update for Campuses and Centers (Master Plan Update) Metropolitan Community College directed the development of this Implementation Plan for the Elkhorn Valley and Fort Omaha Campuses. In addition to specific recommendations for Elkhorn Valley and Fort Omaha, the Implementation Plan accounts for Master Plan Update recommendations at all campuses and centers, including the Sarpy Center, Applied Technology Center, South Omaha campus, and the Fremont Area Center.

Several recurring themes are imbedded in the specific initiatives articulated as priorities at the Elkhorn Valley and Fort Omaha Campuses:

30th street Rendering
  • Encourage community access to campus
  • Create a sense of community on campus (indoor and out)
  • Improve outdoor recreation/gathering spaces (with access to art)
  • Improve student spaces (including exercise, health/fitness, meeting rooms, conversation, informal learning, socialization, computer labs, seating)
  • Improve public transportation options
  • Provide opportunities for improved faculty and student interaction
  • Develop a learning commons model (including reading, writing, math center support services and library)
  • Provide additional "flexible" space (including training, exhibition, career fairs, visible, soft space, flexible classrooms and meeting rooms)

The following items were recommended in the Implementation Plan and have been completed:

  • Renovate the library at the Elkhorn Valley Campus
  • Deferred maintenance projects including new roof and mechanical equipment at Elkhorn Valley Campus.
  • Provide additional parking resources to serve enrollment increases at Elkhorn Valley Campus

The following items were recommended in the Implementation Plan and Master Plan Update and are currently being studied for future work:

Fort Omaha Circulation
  • Construct a new classroom and Art building to alleviate the immediate and projected shortfall of academic space on the Elkhorn Valley Campus
  • Renovate the space vacated by Art and HVAC programs for additional classroom and office space
  • Construct a new classroom building to alleviate projected shortfall of academic space and shift classes to the south side of the Fort Omaha Campus
  • Construct an Advanced Technology building on the south side of the Fort Omaha Campus
  • Replace incandescent fixtures with compact fluorescent or more efficient LED light fixtures
  • Migrate Construction and related Applied Technology offerings to the Fort Omaha Campus

2010 Masterplan Update

Metropolitan Community College (MCC) directed the development of the 2010 Master Plan Update for Campuses and Centers (Master Plan Update) in partnership with the Board of Governors, the Office of the President, and committees comprised of students, faculty, staff, administrators, community members, and stakeholders. This Master Plan Update builds upon the 2003 Master Plan for Campuses and positions MCC for smart and sustainable growth of space and facilities to efficiently accommodate its growing population over the next 10 years and beyond. This plan is also built upon the key objectives of the MCC Mission Statement outlined in the Mission Achievement Plan:

  • Serve the community.
  • Create a quality learning environment that promotes student success.
  • Encourage lifelong education.
  • Support personal and professional enrichment and training.
  • Stimulate economic and workforce development.
  • Provide a transfer path to baccalaureate institutions.

During the September 2010 MCC Board of Governors meeting, it was determined the immediate focus on implementation of the 2010 Master Plan Update for Campuses and Centers should focus on the Fort Omaha and Elkhorn Valley Campuses.

View a summary of the 2010 Master Plan Update for Campuses and Centers

2003 Masterplan for Campuses

When Metropolitan Community College first opened its doors nearly 30 years ago, some students claimed they attended several classes at the same time. Sounds from one class often drifted into another through the partitioned walls at the Southwest Campus, 132nd and I streets.

Sasaki Rendering of the South Omaha Campus

Although more sound-proofing eventually helped quiet the classrooms, near capacity enrollments quickly outgrew the campus space. The college added the Fort Omaha Campus in 1975 and South Omaha Campus in 1978-79. Upon completion of the Elkhorn Valley Campus in 1980, the Southwest Campus closed.

Today, the sound of computers carries through many MCC classrooms. Once again, enrollments have grown to near capacity. Fifty percent more students are enrolled at MCC now than 12 years ago. Enrollment this year is expected to grow 6 percent and is expected to grow 40 percent over the next 10 years. Yet, no new building has been built on any of the three main campuses in 20 years.

To better serve the residents of Dodge, Washington, Sarpy and Douglas counties, we have adopted a master facilities plan to guide our growth over the next 15 years. The MCC Master Plan for Campuses is a foundation for the future. It's a foundation built on much more than bricks and mortar; it starts with ideas, vision and support. We invite you to help us so that the next generation of community college students can look forward to the future and the opportunities created through their hard work and study.

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

Eleanor Roosevelt.

View the complete 2003 Masterplan for Campuses