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NMC Completes First Phase of Facilities Master Plan Project (October 21, 2009)

Taking one step closer to becoming the premier learning institution in the Pacific region, the Northern Marianas College has completed the initial stage of its facilities master plan project, the College’s comprehensive plan to develop and expand its campus.

The facilities master plan is the central planning document that the College will use to connect the physical development of the campus to the needs of students, faculty, and staff. When completed, the plan will guide the campus layout, building designs, recreational space, and technological concerns. It will also incorporate

The plan will also incorporate the latest in sustainable “green” design, which involves resource efficiency, lowered cost of building operations, energy efficiency, and a minimum impact to the environment.

“Students, faculty and staff deserve the best learning and teaching environment,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez. “The facilities master plan will help ensure that they will receive a state of the art campus with facilities that are equipped with modern technology and that maximize student learning.”

The first phase of the facilities master plan project involved the topographical survey of the As Terlaje campus. This stage involved the recording and assessment of elevation of the land, including existing structures like roads, buildings, trees, depressions, and utilities.

“Now that the initial phase of the project is completed, we can move on to the more substantive part of the facilities master plan, which is deciding how the overall layout of the NMC campus will be designed given current student needs and developing trends,” said President Fernandez.

President Fernandez also stressed the inclusive nature of the master planning process.

“Everyone at NMC will have an opportunity to participate in the facilities master planning process,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez. “Community input will also be invited.”

“We will also use the results from our ongoing program review processes to drive the master planning process,” added President Fernandez.

The facilities master plan project is being developed by Beca International, whom the College has contracted through funds wholly provided through a grant from the U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Insular Affairs.

Once the facilities master plan is approved, the College will work toward securing local and/or federal funds for the architectural and engineering (A&E) plan and the actual construction costs.

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