By Mary Beth Faller for The Arizona Republic
Original Headline: Bond Cash Helps SCC Upgrade Outdated Buildings
Two Scottsdale Community College (SCC) projects to begin soon include renovation of the Life Sciences building, which will cost about $3.2 million, and a remodel and expansion of the 1970 library, which will cost about $5.7 million, but the bond is paying about $4 million of that. SCC had set aside money over the years for that work.
Projects still in the design phase include a new classroom building and a community center, both of which could be open by 2015, and replacement of the deteriorating exterior and courtyard of the performing-arts center.
SCC’s share of the $951 million in construction bonds approved by voters in 2004 for the ten Maricopa Community Colleges is $62 million. The history of SCC’s bond construction mirrored that of the entire district: projects started during the height of the construction boom, around 2005 to 2007, were squeezed by high prices. More recent projects were able to add features with the declining costs of labor and construction materials during the recession.
Other projects funded by the 2004 bond include:
- $3 million renovation and expansion of the Information Technology building opened 2009, including a $650K backup generator.
- $2.6 million remodel of the performing arts center—open in 2010.
- $2.3M, 7,500SF Film School Hub building—completed in July and opened this semester
- $1.2M remodel of the campus quad into an oasis named Two Waters Circle— completed in 2011
- $1 million toward improving athletic facilities
In 2010, SCC paid $2.6 million for the west building of the defunct Bill Heard Chevrolet dealership at McDowell and Pima roads in Scottsdale to house fire training. The district consolidated the training at Mesa Community College and the culinary classes at SCC. That move saved SCC about $1.8 million that it would have spent on remodeling and expanding the program.
The lease at the Scottsdale Airpark for the college’s Business Institute expires in three years, and it’s possible that the small satellite could move to the McDowell Road building.
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