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Facilities planning ‘show and tell’ forums to take place at Cascade and Rock Creek
Photos and Story by Kate Chester
Carve out room on the calendar Wednesday, May 24 to stop by one of the “open house” forums being hosted at the Cascade and Rock Creek campuses. The events, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at both locations, will tout the work of the college-wide integrated planning process, and specifically, the facilities planning portion of it.
At Cascade, the open house will be held in the Student Union Lobby, and at Rock Creek it will take place in Building 5. Similar events were held Feb. 28 at the Southeast and Sylvania campuses, attracting consistently large crowds that elicited productive feedback.
Work completed thus far constitutes Phase I of the facilities planning process: an analysis of all existing facilities and infrastructure, which should be completed by early 2018. These efforts are part of a larger, holistic “integrated planning” approach for the college that includes strategic planning, as well as planning related to academic and students affairs and information technology.
Phase II of the process will focus on comprehensive college development and implementation of the college’s strategic plan. Data collected in the first phase will be evaluated against growth capacity, to help to inform future bond measures as well as identify new community partners and opportunities for progress.
The facilities planning effort kicked off in full force last October and includes a project management task force made up of representatives from the Bond program, Facilities Management Services, Academic Affairs and College Advancement. The team is assisted by SRG Partnership, Inc., which has been charged with conducting much of the assessment.
A college-wide steering committee is guiding the overall project, and eight work groups from throughout the college, focused on specific topics, have partnered with SRG to craft project outcomes and materials.
At the May 24 open houses, both campus communities will have the chance to learn about Phase I facilities planning work accomplished so far and ask questions of members present from the work groups, steering committee and task force. The open houses also will serve as a mechanism to take input from students, staff and faculty for consideration in Phase II.
For more information about the college’s integrated planning efforts, including organizational charts, project schedules, and monthly reports, visit the integrated planning Web page. In the event of questions about facilities planning or the upcoming forums, contact Rebecca Ocken at (503) 706-2513 or Kate Chester at (971) 722-8233.