SCC campus revamp continues with student success in mind

Fresh renovations are underway to refresh the Scottsdale campus


Foday Kromah

A clearing on SCC’s campus, where several new installations will be placed.

Renovations are continuing on Scottsdale Community College’s campus as the fall semester enters its final six weeks.

Entering SCC’s campus from parking lot D on the south side, one will see that what used to be a green space has become fenced-in sand.

SCC marketing manager Eric Sells told Northeast Valley News that the ongoing project is a “differed maintenance project that’s being done as a safety measure.”

Sells explained the green space was originally built in the 1980s and needs attention in order to ensure students’ continued safety.

“Cracks that formed in the concrete in the walkways, in the steps, in the retaining walls, issues in the drainage and irrigation (need to be addressed),” Sells said. “Some of the piping needed to be replaced.”

Construction and improvements to SCC’s campus are different compared to the other Maricopa community colleges, in that Scottsdale is the only school located on tribal land. The land that SCC occupies is where the Salt River Pima-Maricopa community resides.

But Sells described these particular renovations as “routine,” and he also discussed some of the new features coming to SCC’s campus that will be beneficial to student life in 2022 and beyond.

“(There will be) new walkways, seating, lighting, a landscape garden area for people to hold events, and there are going to be pathways to the various buildings,” Sells said.