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CCCCD Breaks Ground On New Addition At Preston Ridge Campus In Frisco

CCCCD Breaks Ground On New Addition At Preston Ridge Campus In Frisco

October 9, 2003 - Collin County Community College District broke ground on a new addition to the Preston Ridge Campus (PRC) in Frisco. The expansion will be roughly 103,000 square feet, making it the second-largest campus in the district.

Several dignitaries were on hand to speak before officially marking the beginning of construction. With shovels in hand, Sam Roach-Frisco resident and CCCCD board chair-and fellow trustees turned the first ceremonial spade of dirt along with college administrators and faculty. Speakers and special guests included Cary Israel, CCCCD president; Maher Maso, Frisco mayor pro-tem; Dr. David Garrison, president of the Faculty Senate; Amina El-Ashmawy, chair of the college's Council on Excellence; Sue Olivier, a charter college trustee and foundation board member; and architects from Hillier, the firm that designed the master plan.

The new facility will house art studios, music labs, a large lecture hall, general classrooms, faculty offices and a 50,000-square-foot library. Construction will begin immediately, with the library expected to be complete by January 2005 and the remainder of the building complete in June 2005..

According to Roach, the groundbreaking is yet another milestone in the history of CCCCD. "Frisco had a population of less than 6,000 when the PRC site was purchased in the late 1980s. Today, the city has more than 61,000 people and is expected to reach 125,000 by 2010," he said. "Education is the foundation of the future, and CCCCD must continually strive to ensure that we have the necessary facilities, as well as an outstanding faculty and staff, for the benefit of our ever-growing student population."

The project is part of a $57 million bond package passed by Collin County voters in 2001. Cost is estimated at $19.4 million dollars.

"With tremendous growth in our district, this expansion is very important to our students and the community. Our strategic plan calls for Preston Ridge to be an academically comprehensive and full-service campus," said President Israel. "The structure and placement of the addition is designed to foster a more cohesive feeling of a 'campus' by connecting the buildings and creating a courtyard area. Also, the library becomes the hub of the entire campus, as it should be in a knowledge and information-based society."

College officials said the library was an essential resource for the nearly 3,800 students who attend classes at Preston Ridge. "The new library and its resources at PRC will greatly benefit our students and faculty in their quest for knowledge. The facility will also provide a home for the expanding Honors Institute as it leads in the college's pursuit of academic excellence," explained Dr. David Garrison, president of the Faculty Senate.

"Funding a library such as this is a tribute to the wisdom and vision of our community. This library, and this college, will repay the people of the county in ways that are sometimes obvious, as when a nurse is especially capable, or more subtle, as when an educated juror makes a wise choice," said John Mullin, executive director of the library at PRC.

According to James Nunn, CCCCD student, president of the Student Government Association and a Frisco resident, the new building will make the campus more welcoming and change the whole dynamic of the college.

"The tower will light up at night and will show we are here. The CCCCD board of trustees is in touch with the student body by providing something like this. This is a great place for learning. Here professors know your name. They have an interest in your learning. You are not just a number; you are a person. This building adds on to that commitment and says we believe that learning is important," he said.

Collin County Community College District serves close to 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, the CCCCD is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.