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Information on the planning, design, construction, repair, and modernization of community college facilities, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.

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Commuter Colleges Transition through Structural Changes
Brown, J. Mariah
(Buildepedia, Mar 2012)
BRB Architects’ design for a new campus center at Molloy College is representative of a larger trend in campus planning: the shift from a commuter-only campus to a 24/7 community.

Greening Community Colleges: An Environmental Path to Improving Educational Outcomes Adobe PDF
(Jobs for the Future , Apr 2011)
This brief highlights the approaches of three community colleges to "greening" their operations, curricula, and communities, while simultaneously addressing local and regional employment and environmental needs. The community colleges featured in this brief are: (1) Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico; (2) Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina; and (3) Clover Park Technical College in Washington State. 20p

Nine Striking (and Sustainable) Designs for L.A.'s Community Colleges.
Walker, Alissa
(Good Design. , Mar 11, 2011)
Slide show of projects underway on nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District.

The Sustainable Community College: Holistic Approaches to Sustainability
Spilde, Mary F. T. and Santos, Gerardo E. de los
(League for Innovation in Community Colleges, 2011)
In this collection, leaders in sustainability at 15 community colleges join the editors in highlighting effective and promising practices central to the triple bottom line of sustainability: environmentalism, economics, and social equity. Chapters include: Working Toward Improved Sustainability in the Management of Facilities and Grounds; Sustainability, LEED and Beyond; History of Energy Conservation Promotes a Green Future. 64p

References to Journal Articles

Place Matters: Creating Community in the Community College
Loeffelman, Pamela J. and Kittlitz, Lenell
Learning By Design; , p21-23 ; Spring 2012
Discusses the transformation of the Connecticut Community College System through adaptive reuse of an abandoned suburban mall.

Student Center is Catalyst for Sustainability at Central New Mexico Community College
Lichtenberger, Steven
School Construction News; , p17-18 ; Mar 2012
Describes new student center and library on the main campus of Albuquerque's community college that contains a variety of sustainable features and student-oriented spaces.

An Overlooked Asset. Community Colleges Shine Despite the Sketchy Economy.
Sronkoski, Jeffrey and Lundeen, Michael
College Planning and Management; , p16-19 ; Oct 2011
A fragile economy forces many community colleges to confront a paradoxical challenge: accommodate surging enrollments while responding to shrinking state funding. From a design and construction standpoint, many community colleges have continued to evolve despite their economy-induced tribulations. The strategies they have employed range from utilization studies to campus-wide building programs.

Community Colleges
Caterino, Jennifer
Architect; Sep 01, 2011
Community colleges face unprecedented demand and budget challenges. Describes how design serves higher education’s fastest-growing sector.

The Big Green Savings Machine.
McCrea, Bridget
Campus Technology; Apr 21, 2011
Describes how a community college in Kansas is slashing its energy bills with a $2.7 million infrastructure overhaul. Utilizing energy performance contracting and a tax-exempt financing program, upfront costs for the overhaul have been practically nil, while savings are "growing exponentially" all over the campus.

Davidson County Community College New Conference Training Center.
Design Cost Data; v55 n2 , p28,29 ; Mar-Apr 2011
Profiles this semi-rural conference center situated on a campus between two North Carolina cities, and providing sophisticated conference spaces that include the latest audio-visual and technological tools. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.

Portland Community College’s Downtown Center.
Ezarik, Melissa
University Business; Mar 2011
Discusses the renovation of an historic building in downtown Portland that brings together Portland Community College (Ore.) administrators. The four-story, 44,000-square-foot building houses five departments; a multipurpose room could serve as a classroom. Current or new prospective students can walk in and register.

Billions to Spend. How a $5.7 Billion Program to Rebuild Los Angeles Community Colleges Went Astray.
Holland, Gale; Finnegan, Michael
Los Angeles Times; Mar 2011
A six-part series investigates how tens of millions of dollars was wasted in a Los Angeles Community College District $5.7 billion project to rebuild its nine campuses for the 21st century.



Due to lack of funding, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities is currently available only as an archived site. As of September 1, 2012 no new content will be added or updates made. We regret the need to take such steps, but should funding become available, we look forward to reinvigorating NCEF and providing this valuable resource to the educational facilities community.

If you have questions or are an organization or company wishing to support the continued operation of this industry recognized resource please contact Institute President Henry Green (, 202-289-7800).