MAAS Companies is a comprehensive, planning and management company specializing in services to educational institutions including community colleges, colleges/universities (public and private), elementary and secondary school districts, cities and counties. MAAS companies provides professional services that support the District's construction bond programs.
As a companion document to the Educational Master Plan, the Facilities Master Plan serves as a framework for campus development.
The Educational Master Plan 2017 – 2022 (EMP) provides a blueprint for the academic future of the Desert Community College District. As previously noted, it also provides a foundation for the College’s other planning efforts (facilities, staffing, etc.). Although the exercise of planning is a fluid, and at times difficult economic environment may seem overly optimistic, these conditions provide a wonderful opportunity for the District to determine its destiny. Through comprehensive, data-informed educational planning, priorities are defined and the course for future activities becomes clear. In planning for today’s opportunities and challenges, the District is in a better position to make decisions that support its priorities. The EMP provides a road map that supports innovative, rigorous and engaging educational programs for the future of students, and the communities served by the College. These purposes are recognized also by external agency mandates that govern the College, including California Law and regional accreditation.
The Strategic Plan identifies institutional goals and the action steps to accomplish agreed upon institutional goals. Specific objectives to accomplish these goals are listed in the Strategic Plan.
Goal 1: Student Success. Student Success at College of the Desert is defined by the achievement of students’ educational goals.
Goal 2: Planning and Governance. College of the Desert is committed to effective and transparent planning and governance structures by following and improving an integrated and systematic planning and governance model.
Goal 3: Fiscal Stability and Infrastructure. College of the Desert is committed to the responsible and effective development and management of resources.
Goal 4: Teamwork, Organizational Development. College of the Desert is committed to cultivating a collaborative culture, which fosters participatory and team development for Faculty, Staff, Students, Community and Leadership.
Goal 5: Economic, Workforce Development and Community Outreach. College of the Desert’s community partnerships provide outstanding enrichment opportunities that contribute to the success and vitality of our community.
The voters of the College of the Desert Community College District successfully passed Measure B, a $346.5 million bond measure on March 2, 2004. This measure provided the necessary funds to improve and expand the districts educational centers. New classrooms, computer labs, and science labs have been constructed to provide expanded job training and academic programs. As a result, College of the Desert is providing a better-educated workforce, which benefits local business and stimulate the economy. An independent Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee guarantees that all bond funds are spent exactly as promised to ensure taxpayer safeguards and confidence.
To meet the increasing demands for higher education and training, College of the Desert placed a $577.86 bond measure on the ballot in November 2016, which passed successfully. The bond measure is part of an overall plan to strengthen the main missions of the College: give students the skills they need to be prepared for a successful career or transfer to four-year universities. The bond funds are used be used to renovate classrooms, laboratories, and career/technology centers, improve technology infrastructure, enhance access to facilities for persons with disabilities, and repair unsafe and deteriorating buildings. Specific programs to be enhanced include: Culinary/Hospitality, Digital Media and Broadcasting, Health and Wellness Occupations, Automotive and Advanced Transportation Technology, as well as sustainability and emerging technologies.
The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) unites the best of college and professional planners. SCUP offers a range of learning opportunities, from publications to its annual SCUP conference, for the higher education community to share perspectives, resources, best practices, and fresh ideas that move challenges to solutions—building upon a culture of integrated planning.
Sustainable design is a big-picture view of how our choices affect more than the present. Part of the planning process is to factor in sustainable design, while also considering tradeoffs, such as cost versus benefits, and considerations of feasibility, including availability of resources, including financial resources.
Sustainable design is about building the future, not just building and individual
building or structure. Seeing sustainable design as a process empowers “green” designers
to better evaluate and anticipate environmental, economic and social impacts and costs
of building components and systems. Bigger-picture evaluations at the start of a project
lead to better long-term decisions—and that leads to greater overall success.
Sustainable architecture is architecture that seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space and the ecosystem at large.
Whether designing completely new buildings or renovating existing spaces, there are various ways to achieve sustainability at the locations. Sustainability is an important consideration for College of the Desert buildings and systems. College campus “green” building architecture will continue to evolve. So, the College will continuously improve its understanding of building technology by engaging with campus stakeholders, subject matter experts and be informed by best practices.
Sustainability and stewardship interests and efforts at College of the Desert are currently informed by:
Healthy building refers to an emerging area of interest that supports the physical,
psychological, and social health and well-being of people in buildings and the built
environment. Buildings can be key promoters of health and well-being since most people
spend a majority of their time indoors. Healthy building can be seen as the next generation
of Green building that not only includes environmentally responsible and resource-efficient
building concepts, but also integrates “health, wellness, and human experience in
buildings. Healthy building encompasses a wide range of concepts and applications
that promote human health which include but are not limited to: site selection and
construction, occupant engagement, personal control, indoor environmental quality,
daylighting, access to potable water, healthy dining options, exercise in the workplace,
and smoking restrictions.
The California Community College 2017 Facilities Planning Manual is a guide to the capital outlay process for use by community college staff and consultants, the Chancellor's Office and the Department of Finance. The manual is intended to inform and assist in the development of state funded community college facilities and address the capital outlay process and its four components: 1) Master Plans; 2) Capital Outlay Budgeting; 3) Capital Outlay Project Design and Construction, and 4) Acquisitions. Additionally, it emphasizes master planning and the funding and management of capital outlay projects consistent with the district's educational needs.
California Community Colleges 2017 Facilities Planning Manual