The College Board of Trustees hired Neumann Monson Wictor Architects of Sioux City to develop a campus master plan in early 2006. The plan is a guide the College uses to determine growth and provides direction for future development.
Several projects identified on the master plan have been completed including building the radiologic technology addition, constructing two residence halls, the paving and expanding of parking lots around campus and completion of the addition on Building D for the Biotechnology/Lab Technician Program. Construction is currently underway for the Northwest Iowa Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center.
Other potential projects listed on the master plan include a day-care center and possibly connecting Buildings H and C.
The start of class in fall 2009 marked the opening of the third housing facility at NCC. O’Brien Hall is a 48-bed suite-style housing facility and is located near Cherokee and Lyon Halls.
Each of the 12 suites is designed for four students and consists of two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen/living area. Other amenities include: a recreation room, game check-out, wireless internet and laundry facilities. Administration and staff recognized the need of developing a third on-campus housing option when Lyon Hall opened in the fall of 2007 with a long waiting list of students seeking the option of living on campus. The need for the waiting list extended into the fall of 2008 which prompted the Board of Trustees to approve the project.
Construction has been completed on the 7,000-square-foot addition to Building D for the Biotechnology/Lab Technician Program in late 2009.
The addition includes lab space with a chemical storage and preparation area, a lecture classroom, a computer lab/classroom, restrooms, conference room and eight offices.
Staff, faculty and administration have spent a significant amount of time designing and making decisions regarding layout of the classroom space and how to best accommodate the educational needs of students – including the fact that students will receive lecture at their lab tables.
The project was financed through two years worth of Accelerated Career Education (ACE) funds from the State of Iowa.
Board of Trustees approved a low bid of $1,173,000 for the project in March 2008.
Northwest Iowa Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center
The Northwest Iowa Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center was finished in June, 2011. The 38,000-square-foot building features a college-regulation sized multipurpose gymnasium, walking/running track, fitness facility, bath/locker facilities, cyber café, seminar rooms, office space, reception area and convention tradeshow area.
Students, staff and the public are all able to use the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center. The project had been under development for several years and the Board of Trustees gave the go-ahead for the project after establishing partnerships and securing funding.
The Vision Iowa Board awarded NCC a $1.1 million Vision Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant in February 2009, which finalized the last piece of the funding puzzle for the project.
The College established partnerships with the City of Sheldon, Sanford Sheldon Medical Center and NCC Foundation to serve as the backbone of the project. Additional funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agricultural Rural Development Loan, Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative Economic Development Revolving Loan, Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation Loan, Lyon County Supervisors, O’Brien County Supervisors, Osceola County Supervisors, Sioux County Supervisors and private donations.
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