Sheridan College trustees to consider next steps in capital construction plans
Date posted: February 10, 2014
SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College Board of Trustees will look over conceptual plans for the next phase in the college’s master plan at its meeting Feb. 27.
The master plan, adopted in 2010, includes several phases, outlining renovations and new construction to address shortages and outdated facilities.
“While we are making significant progress on our master plan, we continue to grapple with the fact that we have severe space deficits for the number of students we are currently serving,” board Chairwoman Kati Sherwood said.
The college is currently serving approximately 1,000 more students than 10 years ago with an enrollment of 2,135. Sherwood expects enrollment to increase to 3,000 within the decade. The next phase in the conceptual plan includes a fine and performing arts space, an enhanced education and activity center and additional student housing.
The fine and performing arts project will include an additional 30,000 square feet of space and a remodel of approximately 11,000 square feet on the north end of the Whitney Building to support the college’s growing theater, fine arts, music and music technology programs. It is estimated to cost $12 million. The new education and activity space will include a partial renovation of the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome and an additional 35,000 square feet of space to accommodate health and fitness leadership studies as well as human performance, dance and wellness activities.
The space will also support intramural and community activities and will cost an estimated $6-7 million.
The final project for consideration by the board will be the addition of up to 150 beds to the main campus. Current housing capacity, which is consistently full, is 400. The master plan calls for up to 750 beds on campus, so this would be the next phase in the on-campus living plan.
Projects on the master plan that are currently underway include the Large Animal Science Facility and the Thorne Rider Campus Center. Both are projected to be complete by fall semester 2014.
The next priority is the Science, Ag and Culinary Center, which has been submitted to the Wyoming Legislature for funding consideration. The college hopes to receive 50 percent of its funding for the project from the Legislature.
Sheridan College will also invest $1 million in privately raised funds to immediately expand a portion of the Technical Education Center.
The expansion is a portion of what is called for in the master plan, but it will temporarily relieve overcrowding and address safety concerns in the current space. A complete expansion and renovation remains a priority, Sheridan College President Dr. Paul Young said.