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Dutchess Community College

Poughkeepsie, New York • MASTER PLAN


Rickes Associates was engaged by the College as part of a master planning team to conduct an instructional space utilization analysis and develop department-level space programs for both the Main Campus and DCC South.

Dutchess Community College’s primary campus (Main Campus) is located in Poughkeepsie, New York. A secondary campus, the DCC South Extension Site (DCC South), is located in the Village of Wappingers Falls. DCC’s Main Campus comprises 130 acres and eleven principal buildings, totaling 351,000 ASF in facilities, excluding the residence hall. The DCC South campus is located in a single leased facility with 23,000 ASF of space. In Fall 2013, DCC enrolled 7,707 students.

On Main Campus, DCC faced declining enrollments and the need to respond to changes in student expectations, pedagogy, and the way in which the use of space has changed in recent years.

Although Main Campus was experiencing decreased enrollment, there was increased demand for science laboratories and the loss of a large space for conferences and events. DCC South needed additional study space in the library and expanded instructional space for the Paramedic/EMT program.

The final recommended space programs included an additional 87,000 ASF of space for the Main Campus focused on improving the quality and function of space in Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Enrollment Management. The program for DCC South recommended an additional 5,000 ASF of space to address student study space in the library and adequate instructional space for the Paramedic/EMT program.