Legislative committee approves college development plans

By Mandi Enger

The Nevada State College (NSC) campus development plans were unanimously approved by the Nevada Legislature Interim Finance Committee (IFC) during a session held today in Carson City, Nev.

“The NSC campus community is appreciative of the legislature’s vote of confidence in our development plans, but more importantly, in our mission,” said NSC President Bart Patterson.

As the project progresses, the college will continue to work with the State Treasurer’s Office, Board of Finance, and Board of Examiners to achieve the next phase of approvals. Updated documentation will then be presented to the Nevada Board of Regents for final approval during an upcoming meeting. 

The college received preliminary board approval on the plans during a meeting held Jan. 11. 

“Students across the campus have acknowledged the need for the new buildings,” said Nevada State Student Alliance President Deuvall Dorsey during the IFC meeting. “We are truly the fastest growing institution of higher education in the state – our campus expansion has been a long time coming and we’re proud to be moving forward.”

Financing for the project will utilize repurposed funds from existing building leases in downtown Henderson, capital funding, as well as a $150 student fee. In a 2011 survey, a vast majority of students strongly approved of the development plans and the associated fee.

The two buildings, a combined nursing and education facility, and a student center and administration building, will add approximately 110,000 square-feet of new space on the developing 509-acre campus in Henderson.

The 60,000 square-foot nursing and education building is planned to house several anatomy labs, over a dozen classrooms, a large auditorium, faculty and staff offices, and a cutting-edge media center. The second building, the 50,000 square-foot student center and administration building, will house the college’s student services departments, study and activity space for students, and offices for administration.

Upon final approval from the Board of Regents, construction is estimated to span 14-months. In total, the NSC Master Plan includes the future development of educational, student support, and administrative facilities over 340-acres of the campus land.

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