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Two new buildings – the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) and the Fine Arts & Design Studios (FADS) – are rising under the skilled hands of the construction teams. Both are on schedule to open in 2019.

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The complete plan as outlined by the Facilities Master Plan also will feature:

  • An enhanced "campus front door," which includes a refacing of the Student Center, upgrades to the athletic facilities, and regrading of surrounding roads and parking
  • Consolidation of five JCCC academic resource centers to the first floor of Billington Library for better student access
  • Renovation and expansion of the current Arts and Technology Building (ATB) and Welding Laboratory Building (WLB) to further strengthen industrial technology offerings such as construction management and welding
  • Construction of an athletic complex for use by JCCC athletes and the community
  • Conversion of spaces throughout campus into active learning classrooms

The Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees in 2016 approved a plan to renovate and build facilities. This expansion will ensure an exceptional learning experience for future generations of Cavaliers.

Design and construction teams:

The College anticipates all buildings and renovation projects will be completed by 2020.


Facilities Master Plan timeline graphic

Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) exterior

The new CTEC will be located west of the GYM building on the west side of campus. Faculty and students will operate in a high-performance environment that acts as a teaching and learning laboratory. With openly visible building systems in key locations, students will be able to observe the building’s infrastructure and fascinating mechanics.

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Fine Arts & Design Studio (FADS) exterior

Located near the College’s Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the new FADS building on the campus’s east side will contain studios, labs, office and support spaces to provide for the Fine Arts and Design programs at JCCC. Hallways serve as a student gallery space. A large covered courtyard on south end of building will provide exterior teaching and workspace.

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Student Center rendering

Changes to the Student Center entrance as well as a new driveway and walkways on the north side of campus will reinforce the Student Center as the first stop for all students and visitors. The project scope includes:

  • Moving the Welcome Center and the Bursar function to the first floor of the Student Center
  • Changing the exterior façade on the north side of the building
  • Reconfiguring roads and parking for better wayfinding

These enhancements will help our community better navigate our expanding campus and improve access to the services students need to complete their education.

Map showing extent of athletic facility changes

The enhanced front door project also calls for the creation of JCCC’s first outdoor sports complex. The scope of this part of the project includes:

  • Moving the softball field and soccer fields to the north entrance of campus, in the location currently occupied by the track
  • Adding parking for athletics
  • Adding a building to contain public restrooms

These upgrades do more than offer improved facilities that will benefit JCCC athletics. Once completed, JCCC will be better positioned to host athletic leagues, tournaments and other community events.

Drawing of how the completed resource centers may look

The College’s five Resource Centers — Academic Achievement, Language, Math, Science and Writing — will soon be located on the first floor of Billington Library. Currently, the five centers are located in four different areas, creating an unnecessary burden for our students. National studies show success improves in all academic areas when students are given a one-stop support services experience.

Installing a new chiller

As an all-electric campus, investments in this area have competitive payback timelines. Examples include adding LED lighting throughout campus and solar panels on campus rooftops. Taking advantage of sustainability opportunities makes both environmental and fiscal sense for our campus and community. Many more opportunities are being explored.

Floor plan showing new space allocation in the ATB building after the renovation.

Once the FADS and CTEC buildings open, renovation will start on the Arts and Technology Building (ATB) and the neighboring Welding Lab Building (WLB). These upgrades will accommodate JCCC welding and general welding for BNSF Railway, plus provide needed space to support Campus Services.

This renovation further strengthens our community’s relationship with BNSF as its national training headquarters. Surrounding businesses such as hotels, restaurants and retail shops rely heavily on this partnership. BNSF instructors currently teach welding in metal buildings located north of WLB. With more permanent space provided after the renovations, JCCC will be able to remove the current metal structures.

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