End-of-year update on Elgin Campus

The Elgin Campus architectural design firm met with the campus’ steering committee on Friday, December 4, to begin planning for the $8.9 million expansion project.

Discussions focused on unique needs of the college’s Veterinary Technology and Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship programs, based at the campus.

Tentative plans for the Vet Tech Program include a surgical suite with 2-3 surgery tables, treatment areas, a radiology room, and feline and canine wards. Outdoor needs include pasture space for large animals such as cattle and horses, feed storage areas, and a cattle chute. The program anticipates instructional capacity for 48 first- and second-year students.

Proposed plans for a Sustainable Agriculture campus farm include five to 10 acres for rotational crop space and an orchard, 10 acres for pasture, a crop washing/packing area, climate-controlled food storage areas, and an industrial kitchen. The farm is to be certified organic, which impacts site planning for water runoff, buffer zones, wildlife habitat, and soil management. The architects will ensure facilities for both programs meet government and accreditation regulations.