As a college campus differentiated by design, Estrella Mountain has always focused master planning efforts on building and creating innovative teaching and learning spaces, while integrating environmental elements and public art to reflect the culture and history of the surrounding West Valley Community.
In 2005, Estrella Mountain Community College began its third phase of expansion as part of a district-wide, voter-approved general obligation bond program (district-wide $951 million program). The college received a $71M allocated for Phase III (a ten-year building program) for construction, capital and land. With fluctuations in construction costs and after an additional needs assessment, the college had to modify its original planning, and eliminate some of the later planned projects. However, throughout the process, the college has remained committed to designing new and reinventing existing spaces that not only enhance student learning, but continue to meet the needs of the students and community members they are designed to serve.
Complimentary to the capital development program, the college has formed creative partnerships that have increased the capability of services to our community. These partnerships, along with the implementation of Phase III, further Estrella Mountain's progress towards becoming a comprehensive learning college.
Director, College Facilities Planning and Development