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Facilities Master Plan

ECC is excited to move forward with the construction of a $55 million manufacturing center that will be built near our main Spartan Drive entrance. This pioneering space will house the computer numeric control (CNC) machine program; heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and refrigeration (HVAC-R); energy management; industrial maintenance and mechatronics; welding; and a new pipe welding program that previously stalled due to space limitations.

We also plan to offer space for community innovation, idea incubation, and 3D printing labs. Increasing our capacity to prepare the next generation of the manufacturing workforce is critical for continued growth and stability in our communities and our nation as a whole and for meeting the evolving needs of our region's employers.

Since 2009, Elgin Community College has implemented its Facilities Master Plan, expanding and renovating the college campus to improve learning and support student success. The college funded the plan through the $178 million referenda passed in April 2009. The plan has resulted in the following improvements to the campus:

  • Expansion from 837,690 to 1,108,073 square feet of space
  • Renovation of two former light-industrial properties into the 71,000-square-foot Building K featuring:
    • 26 new classrooms
    • Five new computer labs
  • Construction of Building A featuring:
    • State-of-the-art healthcare training facilities that simulate a working hospital
  • Construction of Renner Academic Library and Learning Resources, which replaces an outdated library that was a third of its current size
  • Renovation of Buildings B, D, and portions of G and M featuring:
    • Renovated classrooms, labs, and offices
    • Revamped lounge
    • New greenhouse
    • Renovated cafeteria
  • Updated signage and wayfinding throughout campus

In 2014, construction began on a Public Safety and Sustainability Center in Burlington, IL, the final major project of the current Facilities Master Plan.

Awards and Recognition


ECC Facilities Master Plan projects have numerous awards for quality design and sustainability elements.

Building A – Health and Life Sciences Building

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.
  • Wisconsin American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award
  • Construction Industry Service Corp. (CISCO) Pride in Construction Award – New Construction – Suburbs (above $20 million) category
  • 2014 Architectural and Interior Design Edition of Learning by Design
  • Outstanding Design by American School and University Magazine in their 2014 Educational Interiors Showcase, the premier competition honoring education interiors excellence.

Building C - Renner Academic Library and Learning Resources

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.
  • Dewberry Architects received a Merit Award from the Association of Licensed Architects.
  • Recognized in the Library Association Reporter.

Building K

  • Preservation/Adaptive Reuse Award from the American Institute of Architects Northeast Illinois Chapter, 2011 Design Awards.
  • Architectural Portfolio/2011 Educational Interiors Showcase/Special Category – Renovation Award by American School and University Magazine.

2023 – 2027 Strategic Plan

Creating the Current Plan

For the first time, our strategic plan was created 100% virtually. This meant the team couldn’t work in a conference room in small table discussions with flip charts and post-it notes. The team had to find new ways to facilitate the group’s participation through the technology of Zoom® break out rooms, Google® docs and sheets, Padlet®, and a fun online tool called Piccles® (pronounced “pickles”).