NECC Board Approves New Master Site and Facilities Plan

Planning is essential for the growth of any organization but the greatest organizations are the ones that plan well for the future, and that’s what we’re doing.

- NECC President Dr. Michael Chipps

NORFOLK — Leadership’s plan to change the culture of Northeast Community College has added a campus and facility plan to its vision.

The College Board of Governors unanimously approved the Master Site and Facilities Plan at their meeting last Thursday. The 100-page document is intended to serve as a guide to ensure future physical changes to the College will be designed to further student success.

College President Dr. Michael Chipps says the the plan took over a year to develop and analyzed the campus down to the square inch.

“You need to have planning,” Chipps said. “Planning is essential for the growth of any organization but the greatest organizations are the ones that plan well for the future, and that’s what we’re doing.”

The new site plan divided the College into different zones. Chipps says the new zoning map is a critical document because you have to put the right things in the right places. For example:

“The technology piece we’re adding onto the campus center, that will bring more traffic to that area so you have to be able to architect it that way,” Chipps said. “Flow is important any place you are, but especially your college.”

The plan also includes a Ring Road that would direct major auto and truck traffic to circle the perimeter of the campus to solve safety issues and helps with that culture change.

“It makes it more pedestrian friendly so people start walking more,” Chipps said. “I know wellness is an important thing to all of us, and especially for our students. We need to create environments that helps them with their wellness activities.”

The new plan sets parameters for 10 years, but the College will review it after five.

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