As a public comprehensive community college, Palo Alto College provides exemplary, accessible education and training to a diverse and aspiring community. The College educates, nurtures, and inspires students through a dynamic and supportive learning environment, which promotes the intellectual, cultural, economic and social life of the community.
The City of San Antonio has appropriated funds from the Tree Canopy and Tree Mitigation to Palo Alto College to increase energy savings in homes, schools and businesses while also improving the air quality, storm water control, reduction in temperatures and enhancement of the overall beauty of the campus and surrounding neighborhood.
The PAC Streetscape project involves the planting of 30+ Canopy Trees and 10 understory trees along with associated irrigation along W. Villaret. The additional project scope includes the removal of 5 trees on the campus, placement of 48 large boulders and placement of ½” of compost atop project area to increase the health of the existing turf. The trees for this project are being provided by a partnership with COSA.
With the presence of growing Agriculture and Horticulture programs in an urban area with close proximity to rural South Texas farming and ranching communities, there is a unique opportunity to establish the first-ever Palo Alto College Community Garden. The Palo Alto College Community Garden will seek to encourage a thriving local agricultural economy which will provide multifaceted benefits to students and residents alike. Palo Alto Colleges community garden will provide students service learning opportunities that benefit the community as well as the student population. Palo Alto will offer students the opportunity for on-campus service learning that still serves the surrounding community through the development of a an on-campus interdisciplinary community garden. The products of the community garden can be used in a variety of methods, including provision of fresh food access to the community and directly to students, a rare opportunity for residents and students of the local area. Equally important, the development and maintenance of the community garden can be linked to various programs, including social sciences and government, agriculture and horticulture, business, nutrition, biology, economics, communications, and many others depending on the aspect that faculty and students tie into their course learning outcomes.
Palo Alto College seeks to develop a one-acre community garden on its campus in south San Antonio which will serve as an outdoor classroom that will be:
A component of the college’s agriculture and horticulture programs,
A space for community collaboration focused on healthy food access, education, and entrepreneurism, and
A site for on-campus interdisciplinary service learning
User Group Members:
Ty Chumbley Veronica Rosas-Tatum
Rose Flores Elizabeth Tanner
Start Date: July 19, 2018
Anticipated Completion Date: October 2018 (Phase I)
The project proposes renovations to science labs located within Brazos Hall. The labs, which are original to the building, are in need of renovations. The renovation should address equipment, space layouts, exhaust/ HVAC upgrades, and support spaces.
The science labs at Brazos Hall are utilized on a daily basis for Science coursework. The labs have not had any renovation work done ever since the construction of the building in 2009. The spaces are in need of upgrade and reconfiguration to provide students and faculty with adequate equipment and spaces.
Currently, the Palomino Center accommodates student services spaces, such as the Welcome Center, Admissions and Records, the Advising Center, the Disability Student Center, Veteran’s Affairs, and Financial Aid. The renovation proposes to convert the building into an academic center, which will house classrooms, computer labs, and other instructional spaces.
The Natatorium at Palo Alto College was first opened in 1991. This project aims to accomplish the repairs and maintenance of the building to provide a natatorium that accommodates students’ and visitors’ needs as effectively as possible.
The renovation of the gymnasium will ensure that the facilities within the fitness center stay up-to-date with emerging needs of patrons to maintain the commitment to help students, faculty, and staff achieve healthy fitness goals.
The New Student Engagement & Welcome Center will provide visitors, students, and faculty with a primary entry point to the campus. This building shall accommodate a space to welcome visitors and incoming students during freshman orientation and other campus events. Various student support services will also be housed within this building. This building will serve as a one-stop location for new students.
The Advanced Manufacturing Center and Public Service of Excellence building will serve as a joint purpose dedicated to promoting collaborative learning and interactive instruction in advance manufacturing and public service. Courses that will be taught include Advance Manufacturing, Teaching, Energy Technology, Criminal Justice and Social Sciences. Palo Alto College’s Advanced Manufacturing Center will serve 804 manufacturing students over five years, providing 271,232 contact hours in advanced manufacturing education. The building will be anywhere from 60,000 to 70,000 square foot and would be one of the largest buildings on campus
A dedicated experiential learning space with fully equipped manufacturing labs
Manufacturing labs and assembling shops
Interactive classrooms and instructional spaces
State-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and technology
Computer and coding labs
Mock courtrooms for criminal justice
Model classrooms for teaching programs
A dedicated 1,600 square foot Makerspace
User Group Members:
John Hernandez Ginny Stowitts
Patrick Lee Gary Shelman
Amie Deleon Ronald Brown
Lynn Parker Bill Cook