CNCC considers future campus installations

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— John Boyd, Colorado Northwestern Community College president, is looking at the future of the Craig campus.

And he's looking far.

"We need to see where this campus : is growing" in the future, he said.

College officials are discussing the layout of the new Craig campus. In their discussion, future students' needs will determine where the new buildings sit on the college's 100-acre parcel west of Craig.

Three new buildings - a student dormitory, a career technical center and an academic building - are slated to be the first additions to the new campus.

After the first of the year, campus officials will decide where to place these buildings, said Gene Bilodeau, CNCC Craig campus dean.

Creating a campus that is convenient for future students is one concern that could influence facility locations.

Campus buildings should be centrally located and should include an area where students can gather, said Karol Bullen, Board of Control treasurer.

"You need to have (a location) where students can focus on student life and studies," she said.

Providing room for future facilities also could influence campus layout.

In the future, the campus also could contain an arts complex and a center for health and science, Boyd said.

"I would like to see the arts in Craig," he said.

Before the Board of Control can decide if these facilities are necessary, members must determine what vision they have for the new campus.

Diversified Consulting Solutions, a Westminster firm, is helping the board with that process.

The firm will work with the college to create a large-scale, long-term design, DCS President John Sattler said.

At the same time, DCS is working with the college to design the layout of its first three buildings.

The design of the new campus must work with the "academic drivers" - the factors influencing student enrollment, Sattler said.

The college plans to construct the dorm first, followed by the career technical center and the academic building.

The college has yet to secure state funding for the academic building. Boyd is scheduled to go before the state next month to justify the project.

The college intends to construct student dorms next fall.

Although he said the college must be timely in its decisions, Boyd cautioned against moving ahead too quickly with dorm construction.

"We want to do this right," he said.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207 or bmanley@craigdailypress.com

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