College Planning & Management

MAY 2013

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INTERIORS SMC Facilities Manager Rick Jolley brought his perspective on future maintenance during the planning and to ensure finishes would accept green-cleaning practices associated with LEED. The high-quality mix of interior treatments minimizes cleaning solutions by using microfiber technologies on all surfaces. Environmentally friendly chemicals are used exclusively and are drawn from the College's own dispensing system to ensure the specified concentrations and to limit waste. A proactive maintenance program for the closed-loop, water-source heat-pump HVAC systems will be adopted after run times establish a base schedule. PHOTOS © KRIS DECKER/FIREWATER PHOTOGRAPHY UPDATING FOR ACADEMICS Spartanburg Methodist College outfits state-of-the-art learning spaces with an eye to sustainability. By A METHODIST MINISTER FOUNDED SPARTANBURG METHODIST College (SMC) in 1911 as the Textile Industrial Institute. The facility was the nation's first work/study co-operative and extended high-school classes to young adults who would alternate attending school one week while working the next in the area's textile mills. A junior college curriculum was added in 1927. The name was changed to Spartanburg Junior College in 1942 and changed again in 1974 to the present-day Spartanburg Methodist 62 JIM LADESICH College. The South Carolina school now is the state's only fully accredited residential two-year college. The strong liberal arts curriculum, leading to an associate degree, prepares more than 80 percent of the current 800 students to advance to four-year institutions offering bachelor's degree programs, notes Colleen Perry Keith, Ph.D., SMC's president since 2009. As the college approached its Centennial Anniversary, the Board of Trustees implemented the primary recommendation of a Master Plan that called for an expansion of academic infrastructure to relieve a shortfall in classroom space, she says. "Our academic facilities were adequate but tired and outdated," Dr. Keith says. "We had done our best by installing whiteboards and projectors, but the learning space consisted mostly of small classrooms that were congested in many cases." Despite the fundraising challenge that confronts any two-year, private college, the ensuing capital campaign proved successful and led to Ellis Hall being built and COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / MAY 2013 WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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