Completed in 1970, the Forest Park Community College (FPCC) is the oldest campus in the St. Louis Community College system, and maintaining the 40-year-old buildings is an ongoing effort. In addition to upkeep, the campus continually strives to meet the changing needs of students.
The FPCC Student Center experiences a high rate of use from commuter students, and general upgrades were needed in addition to separating some academic functions. Hastings+Chivetta Architects was engaged to determine the extent of work necessary and develop phasing strategies to minimize disruption and coincide with budget cycles.
In early 2010, the design team began the study process by meeting with campus stakeholders. Primary areas of concern were separation of the food service and teaching kitchens, relocation of the bookstore and development of a better organized “ONE STOP” for student admissions.
As the design team developed the scope of work, a series of facility evaluations, workshop meetings and space planning exercises were undertaken. The study concluded with the following project list:
- Construct a hard wall separation between the teaching and food production kitchens. Reconfigure and renovate the dining hall. Relocate the board room to the food service level.
- Update and expand the bookstore to accommodate larger electronics area, easily identifiable snack area and print shop. Relocate bookstore entrance.
- Rectify ADA issues by installing a new elevator that services all three levels. Enclose elevator access and create a new front door.
- Upgrade the student center finishes to improve the overall impression. Renovate public restrooms.
- Reorganize departments to support the “ONE STOP” enrollment process.
Renovations to the campus ran from 2011 to 2014.