Tarrant County College District, Facilities Master Plan

Fort Worth, Texas

The goal: functional, aesthetically pleasing campuses. The challenge: Tarrant County College District (TCCD), serving 35,000 students on four suburban campuses, tapped the architect for a facilities master plan to guide the physical evolution of the campus.

One more challenge: the team had four months, July to October 2004, to submit a plan and meet the November ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONFEATURED IN2006 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress for accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The planning process included five steps:

1. Mobilization. A master plan committee was formed and a website developed. The committee and team met bi-weekly throughout the plan development.

2. Data gathering. Data was gathered through interviews, questionnaires, a website forum, facility-condition assessment and enrollment trend studies.

3. Analysis.

4. Review.

5. Recommendations. The planning team presented the final 20-year master plan, including phased cost estimates for all four campuses with a total of $209 million in recommended projects.

TCCD embraced the recommendation, accelerated the process, approved projects of $161 million and launched a five-year capital-improvements program. The program includes a transportation study and wayfinding designs.