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The Maricopa Community Colleges: Building for Continued Success Progress Report on Capital Improvements, 2004 – 2012

Progress Report on Capital Improvements, 2004 – 2012

Table of Contents 3 A Message from Chancellor Rufus Glasper 4 Maricopa Responds to Community Needs 6 Education and Job Training 7 Enhancing Workforce Development 10 STEM Education 12 Promoting the Arts 14 Partnering with Communities 16 Renovations, Improving Infrastructure and Energy Conservation 17 Efficient Response to Community Need 19 Responding to Population Growth 20 Making the District More Accessible 21 Land Purchases 22 Improving Institutional Technologies 23 Large-Scale Applications

24 Sustainability Initiatives

25 Instructional Technologies

27 Maricopa Community Colleges Bond Question – 2004 Ballot 28 Building and Land Projects Funded by 2004 Bond


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A Message from Chancellor Rufus Glasper Dear Maricopa, In July 2012, the Maricopa Community Colleges began celebrating 50 years of meeting the educational and training needs of our students. One reason why we have grown to 10 colleges, two skill centers and many other locations is our long-term capital planning process. A key element to our success – thanks to the continued support of Maricopa County residents – has been completing many structural improvements that have allowed us to respond to the Valley’s population growth, enhance workforce development, and increase transfer to universities. I am pleased to share updates on our prudent use of the $951 million that voters approved in a 2004 capital bond referendum. Since then, we have been hard at work constructing new buildings, remodeling existing structures, purchasing land and completing a host of other projects. We have acted in accordance with the voters’ directives, and have used the bond money to finance and complete projects on a priority basis. This model has given us the flexibility to deal with evolving plans, changes in technology, and the dramatic shifts in the economy that have happened since 2004. In the pages that follow, you will find more detail on the progress you have helped us make. We look forward to continuing to serve the ever-growing demands of our community. Sincerely, Rufus Glasper, Ph.D. Chancellor, The Maricopa Community Colleges

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MARICOPA Responds to Community Needs, 2004 – 20121 Total new square feet added by construction:

1,099,200 square feet

Total square feet remodeled:

815,665 square feet

Total projects:


Total acres of land purchased:


Maricopa Responds to Community Needs In 2012, the Maricopa Community Colleges celebrate their 50th anniversary. Our district’s growth has kept pace with that of Maricopa County as we have expanded from one college in 1962 to 10 colleges, two skill centers and numerous satellite locations today. The Maricopa Community Colleges have become one of the largest community college districts in the country because the citizens of the county have recognized the need for quality higher education to continue growing a successful workforce. Since its founding in 1962, the District has employed a longterm capital planning process. This planning has been endorsed by a series of general obligation bond issues submitted for voter approval. Those bond

issues have allowed the District to improve and expand college facilities and have even financed new colleges. In 2004, 76 percent of Maricopa County voters – a majority of those voting in every precinct in the county – authorized Maricopa Community Colleges to undertake a $951 million long-term capital program for the colleges financed by general obligation bonds. Voter approval of these bonds has provided the colleges with financing for building, land acquisition and other capital improvements to respond to the Valley’s population growth, enhance workforce development, promote the arts and science/ technology/engineering/math (STEM) education, as well as expand the reach of the community colleges through partnerships. Building and land projects completed as of June 26, 2012, with 2004 bond funds. 2 See attached Maricopa Community Colleges Bond Question. 1

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PVCC Q Building

The bond authorization was anticipated to be the amount required for approximately 10 years of capital development. At Maricopa Community Colleges, we plan our projects on a “cash flow” basis. In 2004, when the voters approved $951 million in capital spending, we did not borrow all the money all at once. Instead, we created a plan based on the order in which projects would be started and completed, and borrowed portions of that $951 million as needed. As a practical matter, we have periodically issued individual bond series based on the cash flow requirements of the overall capital development program. The size of the bond issue has been based upon the anticipated near-term cash flow requirements of the program and with careful consideration of federal tax rules. That way, we have made the best use of the taxpayers’ funds by not

borrowing more than we need at any time. Given the magnitude and duration of these voter authorizations, this model has provided flexibility to help us deal with evolving plans, changes in technology and dramatic shifts in the economy. As a result, all of the colleges made modifications to their original plans since 2004, while continuing to meet the educational goals that drove the capital development plan. Today, the Maricopa Community Colleges are thriving because of the capital improvements that have secured our position as the premier provider of workforce training in the state. Take a moment to view some examples of how Maricopa Community Colleges have met the county’s needs in the areas of education and job training, technology advancements, infrastructure improvements and growth planning.

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Education and Job Training Voters tasked Maricopa Community Colleges to, “provide education and job training to meet current and future needs of community college students” when the bond question was approved in 2004. The Maricopa Community Colleges have accomplished this goal by improving their infrastructure, specifically supporting workforce development, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) instruction and arts education. The projects highlighted here are only some examples of the types of projects completed on behalf of the community. Please see attached for a list of building and land projects funded by the 2004 bond.

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Enhancing Workforce Development

GCC Public Safety Building

Glendale Community College Public Safety Building

Glendale Community College’s (GCC) Public Safety Building provides students with world-class, flexible facilities for administration of justice, law enforcement operations, emergency medical technology and fire science instructional training at GCC. The facility maximizes each square foot of space and provides an innovative environment for future public safety officers. For example, the exterior walls are also oxidized, cold-rolled steel plates designed for ladder and rappelling exercises by students in the fire sciences program. The fire science lab offers a 300-degree, hollow, deck-like environment for

realistic law enforcement situations such as fire and emergency medical scene management training.

Estrella Mountain Community College Montezuma Hall Science Lab Remodel

The Montezuma Hall remodel at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) created eight stateof-the-art science labs in response to the growing demands of the West Valley community in the fields of bioscience and health care services. EMCC remodeled 9,000 square feet of existing labs and added an additional 11,000 square feet, to bring the college’s total to more than 20,000 square feet in dedicated science space consisting of 14 labs and two expanded preparation areas. This expansion has

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EMCC Montezuma Science Labs Remodel

EMCC Montezuma Science Labs Remodel

allowed the college to increase its enrollment since a lack of lab space is the main factor constraining enrollment growth in the physical and life sciences. The redesigned science labs in Montezuma Hall, combined with new state-of-the-art nursing facilities in Mariposa Hall, benefit all students in science, math, engineering and nursing programs by leveraging the interdisciplinary collaboration that comes from having these disciplines on one campus. Students enrolled in these courses now can take advantage of fully equipped lab space that was designed by faculty members who teach and have professional experience in the specific science disciplines.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Williams Engle Hall Classrooms

Engle Hall was the first of several new buildings at the Williams campus of Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) made possible by the 2004 bond. Through the conversion of a decommissioned Air Force base, the new buildings have changed the face and function of the campus, providing modern learning spaces where students connect and engage and prepare for their future. The building is designed so that it can be “mirrored” to the southeast in the future, creating additional space for science labs and general classrooms at a minimal cost. CGCC’s growth and expansion at Williams has increased opportunities for workforce and economic development in the aviation industry, health careers,

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electric utility technologies, and police and fire sciences. Additionally, more and more students from the Southeast Valley are choosing the Williams campus for general education and transfer courses.

Maricopa Skill Center Remodel and Expansion

CGCC Williams Engle Hall Nursing Classroom, Lab and Central Plant

CGCC Williams Engle Hall Nursing Classroom, Lab and Central Plant

The Maricopa Skill Center (MSC) remodel was part of the Maricopa Community College’s continued effort to meet the evolving workforce development needs of the Valley. By adding vocational-style classroom space, labs, student support spaces and updating facilities, this remodeling has expanded class capacities for the MSC’s most popular occupational programs – such as patient care technician, laser hair removal and ophthalmic assistant courses. Features of the remodel included state-of-the-art green technology classrooms and expandable meeting space for community partners. Other certification course areas available at the MSC are accounting, administration, auto body, computer support, construction, green building, cosmetology, customer service, legal administration, meat cutting, nursing, precision machining, welding and a host of enrichment courses.

Integrated Education Building at GateWay Community College As our community continues to grow and as the demand for highly trained employees in a wide range of occupations rises, GateWay Community College needed to expand to meet the needs of the community.

Maricopa Skill Center Expansion Remodel

GateWay’s Integrated Education Building features science labs, classrooms, indoor and outdoor art studios, campus library, learning center, computer area, counseling, disability services, career services, faculty and staff offices, and all enrollment services.

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Education Mesa Community College Southwest Physical Science Building

The new Southwest Physical Science Building at Mesa Community College (MCC) houses a 53-seat planetarium that’s also used as a teaching venue for students and the community. New cutting-edge classrooms and labs serve the nearly 5,000 students per semester enrolled in astronomy, chemistry, engineering, geology and physics courses. The building design maximizes the opportunity for students to learn in formal, informal and impromptu settings. The facility, including the planetarium, was the first Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building among the Maricopa Community Colleges. Energy from the sun helps power the planetarium through solar panels donated by Salt River Project. MCC students, visiting school groups and the public experience the night sky and universe in the planetarium through an IMAX-quality projection system. A rooftop observation deck complements the planetarium for telescopic viewing of the night sky.

Scottsdale Community College Natural Sciences Building and Science Lecture Remodel

Scottsdale Community College’s (SCC) new Natural Science Building is the latest example of the college’s increased emphasis on natural and physical sciences. The 46,000-square-foot building serves more than 1,000 students per week in biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, botany and geology programs. The building hosts 16 labs, a planetarium, an herbarium and an aquarium. Substantial renovation to convert the existing Physical Science Building into the Science Lecture Building provides updated classrooms and study

space for students. Both projects have provided increased capacity and updated facilities in support of science education at SCC.

Glendale Community College Life Science Building

The Life Science Building addition to Glendale Community College’s (GCC) campus serves as a hub for the delivery and integration of biology, life sciences, biotechnology, psychology, nursing and allied health instruction, and supports laboratory science education for other disciplines. The increased lab space means the facility can support a significantly larger number of course offerings,

MCC Southwest Physical Science Building

SCC Natural Science Building and Physical Science Remodel

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GCC Life Science Building

as well as increased research and partnership opportunities with K – 12 schools, public and private universities, business and industry. The three-story facility contains classroom space for 300 students, 62 faculty offices, nine biology labs, a vivarium (animal lab), four nursing observation pods, a large amphitheater, meeting rooms, a working greenhouse and a small café. Students are now able to experience a wider breadth of learning in anatomy and physiology through the innovative teaching aids included in the new building, such as plastinated body parts (preserved with plastic). In addition, the new Life Science Building enabled GCC to create a concurrent enrollment program with Northern Arizona University to provide a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, supporting the needs of the local Banner Health system. The GCC program joins other concurrent enrollment programs in nursing including: • GateWay Community College – University of Phoenix • Scottsdale Community College – Northern Arizona University • Mesa Community College – Northern Arizona University; Arizona State University • Glendale Community College – Northern Arizona University • Estrella Mountain Community College – Northern Arizona University

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Ironwood Hall

In order to support enrollment growth and also provide flexible spaces for curriculum needs, Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) completed construction on Ironwood Hall, a new twostory academic building at the Pecos Campus. After operating with a single chemistry lab on the whole campus for the past 15 years, the new labs represent a doubling of capacity and square footage for general and organic chemistry and biochemistry classes at CGCC. The labs contain several highpowered instruments, including a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer to study the structures of organic molecules. Ironwood also is providing a “home” for the math department, which previously was spread out across the CGCC campus. Now, the department has a dedicated math classroom and computer lab. With the additions to the science and math departments, the college can now offer additional sections of their most popular classes in STEM education. Ironwood Hall was designed as a multipurpose classroom building to support a wide range of learning spaces, including science classrooms and labs, general education classrooms, visual arts facilities, a new ceramics studio, faculty offices and outdoor amphitheater. It’s flexible and adaptable to accommodate a variety of teaching methodologies, disciplines and class sizes. See page 13 for a photo of this project.

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Promoting the Arts

PC Fine Arts Building

PC Fine Arts Building

PC Fine Arts Building

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Phoenix College Fine Arts Building

The new Fine Arts Building at Phoenix College creates a landmark facility at the northern end of the campus and addresses PC’s arts curricular needs. A variety of programs are incorporated within the building’s 25,000 square feet, including ceramics, glass, sculpture, drawing, painting, graphics and photography. Classrooms are arranged to optimize interdependence among the programs. The architectural design also encourages interaction between the programs and the surrounding community, with the Eric Fischl Gallery as a centerpiece.


Mesa Community College Performing Arts Remodel

Mesa Community College is expanding and remodeling a former movie theater to provide a new state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, serving as a multifunctional, shared-learning space for instruction and performance. In addition to a 450-seat theater, a lab for live recording and fine arts gallery space were created. The Performing Arts Area and Visual Arts Gallery are scheduled for completion in 2013.

The two-story facility encompasses a landscaped courtyard designed for artistic reflection and assembly. Expansive studio classrooms with abundant natural light deliver a state-of-the-art environment for greater impact on student learning. A rooftop terrace and future sculpture garden above the gallery provide an open-air gathering space for afterexhibit celebrations. The Fine Arts Building creates an energy that will increase the college’s visibility in the arts community and open new doors to growth for students. Artists will be attracted to exhibit, lecture and teach, and the well-designed space will make possible a wider variety of arts and cultural workshops, lecture series events featuring prominent speakers and international exhibitions. The new building is also home to the Phoenix College Heritage Plaza, an area designated to memorialize the history, tradition and future of Maricopa’s original college, featuring “legacy bricks” with messages from faculty, staff, students and alumni.

CGCC Ironwood Art Studio

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Partnering with Communities Communiversity@Surprise

In partnership with the City of Surprise, Rio Salado College built the Communiversity@Surprise to provide convenient, flexible and affordable access to certificate and degree pathways from community colleges through graduate school. This innovative model of postsecondary education is anchored by several community colleges – Rio, GCC and PC – and partners with Ottawa University, Northern Arizona University and WestMec, the regional vocational district, to offer a variety of postsecondary education programs through shared space and articulated programs. Students can pursue educational pathways in six areas of focus: health care, business/management, liberal arts, public safety, education and information technology. Classes at the Communiversity are offered in-person, online and in hybrid modalities. They provide students the opportunity to earn from associate to master’s degrees, with up to 90 credits at community college pricing, all at a location close to home. The space includes offices for college and university staff, classrooms, a computer classroom, and community spaces for local and educational events. Since opening its doors in August 2009, the Communiversity has experienced significant growth.

RSC Communiversity@Surprise

During the first two years of operation, the number of students served at the Communiversity and course offerings have increased up to 50 percent annually. The Communiversity@Surprise currently offers students approximately 40 courses in a variety of disciplines.

South Mountain Community Library

South Mountain Community Library is a first-ever partnership between City of Phoenix Public Library and South Mountain Community College. This resource-sharing partnership between the district and local taxpayers provides enhanced services for all who use the library – whether students or members of the general public. The partners shared taxpayer funds that were provided in the City of Phoenix bond election in 2006 and the Maricopa bond election in 2004 to construct the new library and collaborate with shared resources in operating the facility. The new 50,000-square-foot facility is one of five academic libraries selected as New Landmark Libraries for 2012 by Library Journal. It features 117 public computers with Internet access; study rooms; Wi-Fi; a large community meeting room; a children’s story room; teen space; patio spaces; and a new collection of DVDs, CDs, newspapers and magazines.

SMCC Community Library

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A multifaceted public art display at the library called “Passage” begins with steel letters embedded in concrete in the plaza in front of the library and continues to a shaded pathway. Audio speakers built into acoustic chairs play recordings of poetry curated by Arizona poet Alberto Ríos that reflect South Phoenix and the local landscape. Four trellises feature cutout letters that cast poems in shadows along the path.

The center was originally established in 1996 with approximately 4,600 square feet of space. In response to enrollment increases, the center has been expanded to 14,500 square feet. It includes seven classrooms, a community room that can be split into two classrooms for additional space, a testing center and computer lab, student advising area, an office for the small business development center, and staff offices.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Sun Lakes Education Center

Rio Institute for Senior Education (RISE) Learning for Life has doubled its membership to more than 1,100 by offering 300 non-credit enrichment classes in the new wing. The center supports a testing center that administers approximately 5,500 exams annually.

The Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) Sun Lakes Education Center remodel provides an effective educational environment and quality instruction to students and the Sun Lakes retirement community. This building expansion, which included adding a second floor to the existing building, provides additional space to serve the lifelong educational needs of the Sun Lakes population and extended community. The remodel and expansion provides flexible, multipurpose spaces configured to offer maximum comfort and accessibility for the mature adults who use the center. In fact, Sun Lake’s senior citizens are active participants in intellectual, artistic and athletic experiences provided through CGCC’s community partnerships at the Sun Lakes Education Center.


Rio Salado College Lifelong Learning Center

The Rio Salado College Lifelong Learning Center offers a variety of educational programs to the residents of Sun City. In addition, adult basic education classes consisting of General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) programs are offered, serving nearly 1,000 students in 2011. Since the building’s expansion, program attendance hours have grown significantly.

CGCC Sun Lakes Education Center

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Renovations, Improving Infrastructure and Energy Conservation In 2004, voters authorized Maricopa Community Colleges to “construct new buildings, additions and improvements or remodel and modernize buildings” and “construct additional or improve existing parking facilities.” Maricopa Community Colleges responded to this community need through a careful mix of new construction and improvement/expansion of existing community college buildings to better serve students. Some of the district’s colleges added square footage; some added new parking structures; some improved the current space; others adapted to changing instructional methods to empower teachers to teach in new and innovative ways. Improving current building infrastructure also saves Maricopa Community Colleges about $1.8 million each year in operating funds as a result of energy conservation measures that have been implemented since the 2004 bond. The projects highlighted here are only some examples of the types of projects Maricopa Community Colleges completed on behalf of the community. Please see attached for a list of building and land projects funded by the 2004 bond.

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Efficient Response to Community Need

PVCC Q Building

Estrella Mountain Community College Estrella Hall Expansion and Remodel

The Estrella Hall remodel at EMCC includes 18 state-of-the-art learning studios and expands the library, learning enhancement center and information commons research area. These learning spaces are designed to reinforce student engagement activities while supporting multiple learning styles and promoting collaboration and teamwork. Additionally, the redesigned and new space supports job training, liberal arts education, transfer education, developmental education, student support services and community education.

GWCC Integrated Classroom Building

Phoenix College Hannelly Center Expansion & Learning Center Building Remodel

The Hannelly Center expansion and renovation at PC provides a more visible and dramatic entrance to the campus at 15th Avenue and Thomas Road. The facility features areas designed to promote social interaction, including multipurpose space, study areas, and club and meeting spaces for students, staff and community members. The center brings together the college’s financial aid, admissions and records, advisement, recruitment and retention, international education, veterans’ services and cashiers departments, all under one roof. The Hannelly Center offers 16 self-service computers for student use, displays wait times on TV screens and sends text-message alerts to students who are waiting for scheduling.

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PC Hannelly Center

Paradise Valley Community College Q Building Expansion and Remodel

The updated Q building houses PVCC’s math division, a center for teaching and learning, continuing education, and several general education classrooms. Previously a branch of the county’s library system, the building was purchased by the college and renovated for instructional and student services support. It features 26 classrooms, areas for testing, faculty offices and support areas. Additionally, a mezzanine level was added to the atrium to create a general study space, and the “Q Café” was created on the north porch. Both are part of extensive, informal learning spaces throughout the building that encourage students to stay on campus to interact with and learn from fellow students in an environment that fosters creativity and collaboration. This new structure incorporates technology

upgrades, including phone and data lines, audiovisual capabilities, and fire alarm and security systems. Solar tubes were added throughout much of the building for natural light, and the aging energy management system equipment was replaced with a connection to the campus’ central plant with its stateof-the-art efficiencies.

Phoenix College Parking Garage

In response to a growing student population, PC added approximately 300 parking spaces, building a single-level garage on top of existing parking. Directly beneath the elevated parking structure are new college safety offices, consisting of a reception area, two meeting rooms, administrative offices, lost and found storage, lockers and restrooms.

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Responding to Population Growth When Maricopa County voters approved the 2004 bond question, they recognized that Maricopa Community Colleges would respond to population growth over 10 years by, “purchasing or leasing land,” and, “constructing new buildings” on previously purchased land. The projects and land acquisitions highlighted here are only some examples of the types of projects completed on behalf of the community. Please see attached for a list of building and land projects funded by the 2004 bond.

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Making the District More Accessible Glendale Community College North Campus

Land for a new campus in north Glendale was purchased in a previous bond election. Phase I of Glendale Community College North, on Happy Valley Road between 57th and 61st Avenues, was completed with 2004 bond funds to serve as an extension of Glendale Community College. GCC North is dedicated to serving the higher educational needs of Northwest Valley residents. Newly expanded facilities for GCC North offer complete degree programs. They include a fitness center, bookstore, cafeteria, library, computer commons, laboratory sciences, and student spaces for studying and tutoring.

Paradise Valley Community College Black Mountain YMCA Community Center A partnership among PVCC, the Foothills YMCA and the Foothills Community Foundation, the center is designed as a neighborhood gathering place for people of all ages to exercise both their minds and bodies. The community center puts higher education within reach of the Valley’s north central and northeast

GCC North Campus

communities with both credit and non-credit classes. The diverse courses offer something for everyone, including the traditional student pursuing an undergraduate degree, adults returning to college for career or personal enrichment, and high school students seeking to earn college credits. From art and music to math, philosophy and business, PVCC provides opportunities to enhance knowledge, expand creativity and enjoy life.

Rio Salado College at Avondale

Rio Salado at Avondale (RSC Avondale) offers enhanced educational opportunities for students in the Southwest Valley through adult basic education and GED programs. RSC Avondale models the philosophy of a regional empowerment zone center, creating partnerships with schools, nonprofit agencies, local municipalities and community-based organizations to help improve the lives of area residents. RSC Avondale is located in an area of the Valley that has experienced significant growth, and enrollments have increased threefold over the past four years. An additional 1,500+ students utilize the computer lab and testing center each year.

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SMCC Expanding Campus

Land Purchases The Maricopa Community Colleges have looked to the future when acquiring land with bond funds to support its colleges. Often, purchases are made ahead of land development, maximizing value so that property is in place when population growth supports a new campus or expansion of an existing one. Land purchases in Buckeye, Surprise, Laveen and Ahwatukee demonstrate this strategy. The Maricopa Community Colleges also purchases land in developed areas for smaller education centers and service facilities such as Rio Salado College at Avondale. The Colleges have has also been flexible and responsive when community need requires a quicker land acquisition. This happens, for example, when we need to have control of land adjacent to one

of our colleges. Purchases of adjacent properties to CGCC and PVCC illustrate these effects. • 80 acres at Turner Road and Southern Road in Buckeye • 90 acres at Grand Avenue and 203rd Avenue in Surprise • 43 acres at Vineyard Road and 59th Avenue in Laveen • 5.8 acres at 40th Street and Cottonwood Lane in Ahwatukee • 2 acres at Central Avenue and Goold Boulevard in Avondale • 10 acres adjacent to CGCC campus • 12 acres adjacent to PVCC campus

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Improving Institutional Technologies In 2004, voters tasked the Maricopa Community Colleges to, “improve computer, educational and institutional technologies� when they authorized $232 million in infrastructure, technology and energy efficiency spending. The Maricopa Community Colleges have accomplished this goal by making significant technology improvements across the district, as well as improving the safety and security of student, faculty and staff data. Additionally, technology advancements have made the district more sustainable, reducing our carbon footprint. The improvements highlighted here are only some examples of the types of projects completed on behalf of the community.

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Districtwide Student Information System

Large-Scale Applications The new, districtwide Student Information System (SIS) allows students at all 10 community colleges to use the same system for enrollments, registration, financial aid, payment processing and other administrative activity. The goal is to make it easier for students to take courses at multiple colleges within the district. Since its implementation, more than 50 percent of all registration activity has been executed through self-service transactions. SIS has made course enrollment easier and more streamlined – more than 543,155 students have used online registration since its implementation.

College Identity Management System (CIMS)

Bond funding also enabled the district to implement a new districtwide College Identity Management System (CIMS) to support the use of districtwide services. This system currently manages the credentials for 2.7 million students and staff between all colleges and campuses.

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MCC Science Building

Sustainability Initiatives As a result of technology systems upgrades made possible through 2004 bond funding, a number of components support “green” sustainability initiatives through the reduction of paper and more efficient use of both natural and human resources. These initiatives include: • Implementation of electronic payment functionality, significantly reducing the number of paycheck and other checks being printed. • Implementation of automated data exchanges between Maricopa and business partners to reduce the amount of paper exchanged, in addition to the associated manual entry of information

• Implementation of a high level of self-service functionality, eliminating the need for personal interaction for routine tasks and the associated travel, facilities and paper, such as online course registration. • Implementation of online communication with students, reducing physical paper tracking associated with communication and the personal interaction previously necessary while improving levels of services.

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GCC North Building


GWCC Integrated Classroom Building

Instructional Technologies Capital improvement bond funding has enabled the Maricopa Community Colleges to make significant technology improvements for students and faculty across the district, providing the most up-to-date resources for learning. Significant technology improvements have included: • Classroom computers and software for instructional use for more than 750,000 students between 2005 through 2011. • 10,000 unique online courses delivered between 2005 through 2010. • Online instructional technology provided to serve more than 40,000 students per semester, totaling more than 800,000 students between 2005 through 2010.

• A districtwide library system created that provides 24/7 support services to over 150,000 students and other constituents in the community. • State-of-the-art technology purchased to support occupational education and workforce development (nursing, emergency medical/fire services, etc.).

Data Center and Disaster Recovery Facility

To ensure minimal interruption of Maricopa Community Colleges activities in the event of a disaster, a second secure data center was created. To ensure access to student data, financial data and human resource data, the information is maintained at both sites simultaneously. For maximum efficiency, the data center is designed with state-of-the-art energy management and cooling. The facility supports disaster recovery for both central systems and local college systems.

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CGCC Williams Engle Hall

GCC Public Safety Building

SMCC Community Library

EMCC Estrella Hall

ŠMaricopa Community Colleges August 2012

Maricopa Community Colleges Bond Question – 2004 Ballot


Shall the Maricopa Community Colleges, including: Chandler-Gilbert Community College Estrella Mountain Community College GateWay Community College Glendale Community College Mesa Community College

Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix College Rio Salado College Scottsdale Community College South Mountain Community College,

be authorized to issue and sell general obligation bonds in the principal amount of $951,359,000 to provide education and job training and to meet the needs of current and future community college students through the following improvements on or adjacent to existing campuses and skill and education centers and on additional land to be acquired as described below: 99 99 99 99 99 99 99

99 99 99 99

Improving computer, education and institutional technologies; Improving safety and security at all campuses and educational centers; Constructing new or acquiring existing buildings Constructing additions and improvements or remodeling and modernizing buildings; Equipping and furnishing buildings; Removing old buildings when necessary; Purchasing or leasing land within the following areas: • Within a one-mile radius of downtown and mid-town Phoenix; • in Mesa bounded by Country Club Drive, Horne Road, University Drive and Broadway Road; • in Tempe or Phoenix bounded by the Salt River, Baseline Road, 32nd Street and Mill Avenue; • in southwestern Maricopa County bounded by El Mirage Road, Northern Avenue alignment, the county line and Sun Valley Parkway alignment; • in northwestern Maricopa County bounded by Bethany Home Road, 75th Avenue Highway 74 and the Sun Valley Parkway alignment; • in the Ahwatukee area bounded by South Mountain, the I-10 Freeway, the Riggs Road alignment and 51st Avenue; • in Southwest Phoenix/Laveen area bounded by the I-10 Freeway, South Mountain and the Gila River Indian Community boundary, 27th Avenue and El Mirage Road; • in Maricopa County, four small sites to serve as testing and disaster recovery locations; Completing on-site and off-site improvements; Constructing additional or improving existing parking facilities; Installing new and upgrading existing utilities; Installing new, upgrading or increasing central plant equipment capacity and efficiency;

and to pay all legal, financial and other costs in connection with the foregoing; the bonds to bear interest at a rate not to exceed 12 percent per annum, to run for a period of not to exceed 20 years from their date and to be sold at prices that may include a premium not greater than that permitted by law?

Building and Land Projects Funded by 2004 Bond1

Projects Completed


[Square Feet]


[Square Feet]


Total Project Budget in Millions

EMCC Ocotillo Modular Classrooms



CGCC Sun Lakes Education Center



GCC Student Union Remodel




EMCC Montezuma Hall Science Lab Remodel




Rio Lifelong Learning Center




Rio Salado College Administration Headquarters




Rio Salado College at Avondale



District Office Building Annex Remodel




SMCC Guadalupe Center Expansion




GCC North Campus



MCC Southwest Physical Science Building



PC Parking Garage



CGCC Jacaranda Classroom, for NAU



GCC Life Science Building



PC Fine Arts Building







PVCC Life Science Lab Building



MCC Red Mountain Multi-purpose Building




PC Maintenance and Operations Building CGCC Williams Engle Hall Classrooms CGCC Central Plant

GCC Business Bullding Remodel




Rio Communiversity @ Surprise





PVCC Black Mountain YMCA Community Center



SCC Natural Science Building



CGCC Pecos Classroom Building

1 Building and land projects completed as of June 26, 2012, with 2004 bond funds. Totals do not take into account spending on technology and a number of miscellaneous projects including compliance with the Americans with Disability Act and energy conservation measures.

Building and Land Projects Funded by 2004 Bond1

Projects Completed


[Square Feet]

SCC Remodel for Science Lecture Building


SMCC Central Plant and Maintence and Operations Offices



[Square Feet]

22,400 2,900


Total Project Budget in Millions

– $4.43

CGCC Ironwood Hall



GCC Public Safety Building



EMCC Central Plant Building Expansion


EMCC Mariposa Hall Classroom Building


500 –

$1.76 $12.74

EMCC Southwest Skill Center Remodel



CGCC Williams Baylor Hall Renovation




SCC Business Building Renovation for IT Services




GWCC Central Plant Expansion



MCC Nursing, Exercise Science Remodel




PVCC Q Building Expansion and Remodel




CGCC Williams Bridget Hall



MCCCD Data Center, Disaster Recovery Building




Rio Salado College Tempe




MCC Remodel of Liberal Arts and English/Journalism Buildings




SMCC Community Library



SMCC Community Library Portion Funded by City of Phoenix


Rio Salado College Northern Ave.








Rio Salado 7th Ave. Adult Learning Center SCC Film Program Storage Facility PC Hannelly Center Expansion



PC Learning Center Building Remodel



SMCC Learning Resource Center Remodel and New Parking






Totals, Projects Completed



1 Building and land projects completed as of June 26, 2012, with 2004 bond funds. Totals do not take into account spending on technology and a number of miscellaneous projects including compliance with the Americans with Disability Act and energy conservation measures.

Building and Land Projects Funded by 2004 Bond1 Projects in Construction


[Square Feet]

GWCC Integrated Education Building


[Square Feet]


Total Project Budget in Millions



Maricopa Skill Center Remodel and Expansion




Rio Salado at Thomas Rd. Remodel






EMCC Estrella Hall Expansion and Remodel PVCC New Health Sciences Building PVCC Student Services Expansion and Remodel

Totals, Projects in Construction

Projects in Initiation, A/E Consultant Selection, or Design

4,500 12,000



[Square Feet]







[Square Feet]

Total Project Budget in Millions

CGCC Pecos Coyote Center



MCC Performing Arts Remodel




EMCC Performing Arts Center



MCC New Art Gallery



SCC Life Science Building Remodel for Health Sciences

Rio Queen Creek Communiversity


15,800 –

$3.20 $6.20

MCC Theater Outback Remodel



Rio Price and Southern Remodel, Phase 1



SCC Library Remodel and Expansion




MCC New Enrollment Ctr and Kirk Ctr Expansion




GCC Technology (T-1) Building Remodel



GCC Performing Arts Center Remodel


GCC High-tech Center-1 Building Remodel



PC Nursing Building Remodel

Totals, Initiation, A/E, Design


Total New Square Feet


Total Remodel Square Feet






1 Building and land projects completed as of June 26, 2012, with 2004 bond funds. Totals do not take into account spending on technology and a number of miscellaneous projects including compliance with the Americans with Disability Act and energy conservation measures.

Building and Land Projects Funded by 2004 Bond1

Land & Buildings Purchased

Square Feet



$ Millions

Buckeye land, Turner Road and Southern



Surprise land, Grand Ave. and 203rd Ave.



Laveen land, Vineyard Road and 59th Ave.



Avondale land, Central and Goold Boulevard



Ahwatukee 40th St and Cottonwood Lane



CGCC land, Southeast corner of CGCC



PVCC land, 56th Steet and Carefree Highway



Campbell County Library, PVCC




4110 E Wood Street, Phoenix West Half




1480 S Hohokam, Tempe, Rio




2419 W 14th Street, Emerald Pt




Data Center, Scottsdale Airpark



Longmore Street 2 Bldgs, MCC




4110 E Wood Street, East Half



145 N Centennial Way, MCC



3631 W Thomas Road, Phoenix, Rio




1715 W Northern Ave., Phoenix, Rio




3320 S. Price Road, Tempe, Rio




163-165 N Centennial Way, MCC



3700 and 3717 N. 3rd Ave., PC




1325-35 Park Lane and 2250 W. 14th St., Tempe




3144 N. 7th Avenue, PC






Totals Land & Buildings Sum of new square feet plus purchased building square feet


1 Building and land projects completed as of June 26, 2012, with 2004 bond funds. Totals do not take into account spending on technology and a number of miscellaneous projects including compliance with the Americans with Disability Act and energy conservation measures.

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