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2011-2016 Master Facilities Plan

Approved October 2011


The following master plan document is a critical review of the existing facilities and land use on the Moraine Valley Community College campus, plus a solution plan of prioritized projects that responds to the challenges facing the college as it functions in a dynamic environment.

Originally constructed between 1970 and 1974 and consisting of Buildings A, B, L and G, the college has responded over the years through a series of new buildings and renovations to increases in student enrollment, changes in the delivery of instruction, program needs and various other demands placed upon it by the community it serves. For the most part, the growth of the campus has been consistent with the master plan developed in 1983; and with the completion of Building D in 2001, all of the development identified on this master plan had been realized. However, the same issues that have shaped the campus over the last 38 years are continuing to do so and, therefore, the college must have a new plan to manage the resulting changes in its physical environment.

The previous plan was approved in 2001, and much of the work was completed as outlined. The Illinois Community College Board requires that each college update its facilities plan every five years, and since the college had not done so in the past 10 years because of the $89 million bond referendum projects approved in 2006, the college engaged Demonica Kemper Architects in November 2010 to begin the process.


The purpose of the Moraine Valley Community College Master Plan is to provide a rational and orderly direction to address existing concerns, provide for existing needs and accommodate future needs on the Moraine Valley campus. To help accomplish its mission and various parts of its strategic plan, the campus will need additional structures and improvements to its existing resources.


The master planning process took approximately a year. More than 100 faculty and staff and at least 30 students attended the open forum sessions in the Building U faculty/staff dining room. Dominick Demonica, principal architect from Demonica Kemper Architects, led the discussions, which included building and facility renderings tacked up around the room. Attendees could see what visions and dreams were desired for the campus in the next Facilities Master Plan. Demonica answered questions, explained some of the structures and, more importantly, listened to suggestions and input. People were allowed to write down their ideas, which were displayed.

“We had very positive feedback and a lot of student input on the potential Health Education/Wellness Center. They liked the concept,” Demonica said.

Demonica presented the feedback to the Executive Leadership Team, and the Board of Trustees approved it October 19, 2011.

Goal of Facility Master Plan

  • To conduct and implement the Facility Master Planning Process at Moraine Valley Community College every three years to five years to ensure that it remains consistent with the college’s needs, resources, goals, and strategies.

Objective of the Facility Master Planning Process

  • Identify future needs and strategically plan and organize those goals to give the college direction.
  • Overall planning effort begins with the integration with other planning efforts.
  • The Facilities Master Plan must be integrated with, and supportive to, other strategic planning initiatives, including Educational, Human Resources, Financial, Enrollment Management, and Information Technology plans.

What is a Facility Master Plan?

  • A Facility Master Plan is a road map to alter the physical environment that can continually respond to the changing needs.
  • In other words, the Facility Master Plan will address three basic questions:
    • where are we
    • where do we want to go
    • and how do we get there
  • These three basic questions will inventory our current position, provide vision and values, and lay out the strategies to get where the college wants to go.

Why Do We Need a Facility Master Plan?

  • The Facilities Master Planning effort is required to integrate and balance academic priorities, financial strategies, and physical resource management that will allow the college to carry out its mission objectives and achieve its vision.

What is Different Today?

  • In today’s environment, hasty decision making and crisis planning can easily replace an organized approach to facility planning. The results are sporadic responses to the end users and frequently turns out to be inefficient use of scarce primary space on campus.
  • The college is facing multiple challenges and interrelated issues that are quite different than in the past.
  • There are continuing problems of diversity, prioritization of needs, the impact of technology, environmental compliance, accessibility, maintenance of the physical plant, and capitalization of the college infrastructure.
  • The impact of distance education - Internet
  • Facilities must also respond to the needs of our community residents.

Six Phases of the Facility Master Plan

  1. Select and Appoint Consultant
    • The consultant will assist the college throughout the process in setting overall goals and objectives, determining the participant’s roles and responsibilities, identifying information needs, creating assumptions, and finalizing the schedule.
  2. Document Facts about Existing Campus and Site Plan of Current Facilities
    • Involves the gathering of information about the campus and regional centers from many sources and compiling it into a single document and site plan. Included could be data relating to:
      • Site area and existing building location
      • Critical distances and travel time (internal and external)
      • Traffic patterns, vehicular, pedestrian and service
      • Land use, parking, buildings, open space and nature areas
      • Utility network
      • Existing space utilization
      • Facility utilization—morning, afternoon and evening
      • Enrollment history
      • Possible future development
  3. Identification of Needs
    • Specify those needs essential to the mission of the college, including academic and educational objectives and facility and space requirements.
    • The academic or educational goals may relate to:
      • Curriculum Development
      • Student Services
      • Continuing Education
      • Instructional Support Systems
      • Telecommunications and Technological Applications
      • Distance Education
    • The facility and space needs may include:
      • Classroom and Laboratory
      • Physical Plant
      • Administration
      • Faculty Offices
      • Library
      • Grounds
      • Playing Fields
      • Telecommunications
      • Roads, Parking, Walks, etc.
      • Physical Education and Athletic
      • Multi-Purpose
      • Dining and Student Services
    • The other needs may include:
      • Desirable Environment
      • Public Image of College
      • Security
      • Handicapped Accessibility
      • Traffic
    • Other possible campus uses – explored
      • Sheriffs’ Academy
      • Long-term lease residential use building
  4. Master Plan Development: Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation, and Development
    • The analysis of material and information assembled during the data collection.
    • The synthesis of this information through conceptual planning alternatives.
    • The evaluation of the alternative concepts and the development of the preferred Facility Master Plan direction.
  5. Prepare Three-Dimensional Campus Model
    • Prepared primarily as a tool to aid in the comprehension of the overall scope and scale of various future improvements on campus
  6. Final Recommendations and Guidelines
    • Agreement from all parties and approval from Board.
    • A prioritized Capital Development Plan will take the preferred Facility Master Plan and translate it into a series of activities, building projects, and site works in order to reach the goals and objectives of the Master Plan.
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