Deemed a “once-in-a-generation opportunity,” the master building plan for Sampson Community College places the local institute in a prime position for future success, college officials said.
The campaign to secure funds to help support a portion of that plan is now underway.
According to Lisa Turlington, SCC Foundation director, the Capital Campaign Committee has begun the process of collecting pledges for “Develop the East,” a project that will include a multi-purpose field, track and walking trails on the field. This is the beginning of the development of a master plan that outlines close to $7 million in new construction, renovations, signs, a revamped plaza and sports complex.
“This project will not only be an asset for the campus, but offer many advantages to the community,” Turlington said.
The college’s five-year master plan (2016-21) includes the elimination of the east parking log; a campus-wide wayfinding system starting at the campus entrance; landscape and entry marquees at each entrance as well as at the corner of N.C. 24 and Airport Road; relocation of visitor’s parking; and a redesign of the plaza area at the center of campus.
Noted of priority are a new welding and metal fabrication building, additions to the Activities Building and Kitchin Building; modernizing science labs; and ADA improvements campuswide. The college was notified last week of a $1.7 million Economic Development grant that will assist with the welding building.
”Those priorities came from months of strategic planning based on enrollment history and forecasts, data from students and staff surveys, and community input,” Turlington noted.
The budget for the project includes a $500,000 contribution from the Foundation.
”When the request was made last summer, the Foundation wanted to help with a signature project that the board could fund,” Turlington explained. “This past February, they chose to help develop a recreation complex to support student life and to be used by the community.”
Sampson Community College currently doesn’t have a facility on campus that allows students and faculty the opportunity to do any intramural programs. By developing the east side of the campus to including the multipurpose field, Turlington said the college will not only be able to offer additional activities for students, but somewhere the community can utilize and offer sports tournaments and games.
Plans are to have funding secure by the end of 2017, break ground in 2018 and begin using the facility and complex in 2019.
“We hope to have 100 percent commitments from all trustees and Foundation directors by the end of October, and a dinner on Nov. 2 will open support opportunities to the whole community,” Turlington said.
For those choosing to make a donation, all pledges of $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000 will be recognized on the wall of patrons. Anyone giving a $50,000 pledge will have naming rights to the entrance signage. A pledge of $100,000 give naming rights to the field.
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