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Regents approve ‘future’ NMC

THE Northern Marianas College board of regents yesterday approved the facilities master plan for NMC.

The visiting three-member team from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges: Douglas Dykstra, right, Helen J.D. Whippy and Norval Wellsfry attend  NMC’s board of regents meeting yesterday. Photo by Junhan B. TodenoThe visiting three-member team from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges: Douglas Dykstra, right, Helen J.D. Whippy and Norval Wellsfry attend NMC’s board of regents meeting yesterday. Photo by Junhan B. TodenoJohn Guerrero, college facility manager, said the master plan provides a framework for the improvement of facilities and sustainable growth on the Saipan campus.

It also provides a strategy for the implementation of a managed development program.

In his presentation, Guerrero told the board that the master plan’s objective is to provide a document that will assist the college with campus development in a planned manner over the next five to 10 years as student numbers grow and existing facilities that are no longer suitable for the college are demolished.

He said the plan identifies the sizes and locations of new buildings, the existing buildings that will remain on site and the sequencing of demolition and construction.

The master plan was funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior and was drafted by BECA International Consultant Ltd.

Guerrero said  campus-wide input was sought for the master plan, including meetings with key personnel in Nov. 2009.

The proposed development of the outdoor spaces for the campus were also discussed with key NMC personnel, he added.

“Proper staging is essential for the college to remain operational during the construction of new facilities,” he said.

In his report, Guerrero mentioned BECA’s recommendations regarding  landownership and boundary issues.

He said the ownership of the piece of land currently occupied by the Galaxy restaurant has to be formalized as being part of the NMC campus.

The Finasisu land, he added, “which is, in principle, an internal access road on the campus, encroaches on the neighboring property.”

It was also recommended to proceed with the “implementation of stage one by appointing consultants to translate the accommodation schedules into architectural concepts.”

BECA said funding for stage one is estimated to cost $27.54 million.

Guerrero said NMC President Sharon Y. Hart already wrote a letter to the Department of Public Lands to request for a perimeter boundary survey.