Archive for Construction


$4 Million dollar renovation project will contain space for both music and arts programs; Building #1 addition moving along

Construction is moving ahead smoothly on renovating   #15 on the Prescott campus and construction the addition to building #1. Renovation  is currently estimated to cost a little over $4 million for building #15. (Earlier budgets put the figure at $5 million) The College hopes to complete construction by January 2018. The cost of the completed building #1 project is unclear.

In the final Master plan, there was a recommendation that Building #15 be renovated for additional rehearsal space and for additional storage space for the music program. You may click here to read the updated master plan

The Master plan states that “The music program at Yavapai College continues to grow and be a source of pride for the campus with its focus on the arts. The existing facility contains only one large rehearsal space, which is shared between both instrumental and vocal disciplines. This results in the search for rehearsal space, which often extends to the community room, making it unavailable for the community at large as was originally intended. The Campus Master Plan recommends the addition of a proper rehearsal space, with attention to the acoustical requirements needed for such a space.”

The Master plan goes on to state that “because Building 15 is shared with some visual arts programs, storage is  also an identified need for the two programs. Land exists immediately adjacent to the existing Building 15 making this the ideal location for expansion.” It also states that “The housing would be placed adjacent to the existing housing and in close proximity to the food service in Building 3. An extension of the green space network on camps will further tie the new halls to the remainder of campus.” 

The project is a part of the renovation and improvements program that was approved in December 2013 as a part of the $103,500,000 ten-year development plan. Below are drawings submitted to the Governing Board explaining the project.  


Newly renovated Center open to public  from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, July 26

The public is invited to what the College describes as a “Sedona Center Program Preview Day from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 26.”  The College will provide a tour of the facility for visitors. 

The Sedona Center is located at 4215 Arts Village Drive, Sedona, Arizona.  For information about the Center and the July 26 event, please click here.

For more information and a schedule of classes, visit the college’s website at Updated information about the culinary arts and hospitality programs is available by contacting Call 928-634-6560. For class registration, visit, or contact the Yavapai Community College  Answer Center,, 928-634-6520.


Building 29 on Prescott Campus renovated, new parking lot created, and area landscaped

Building 29 is located at the southeast corner of the Prescott Campus, close to the administration but slightly removed from the academic core. It was thought by the administration that the location makes it “an ideal location for a business center focused on community outreach and partnerships.”  Renovation began several months ago with Northern Arizona University moving to the University Transfer Center in Building 1.  Building 29 houses the Small Business Center and the Osher Lifelong Learning program.

The following are photos showing the renovation of Building 29, which are found in variouis District Governing Board agendas over the past several months.


Work anticipated to be complete by the fall semester

The Interior work on the west wing Sedona Center is moving ahead on schedule. Equipment is being installed in the culinary and pastry kitchens. The walk-in  coolers and freezers are being installed in basement level store room.

The following are a few of the photos shown to the District Governing Board in its Agenda at its June 13, 2017 meeting that depict the renovation of the Sedona Center. Project substantial completion is scheduled for July 1. You may view additional photos of the project in the June 2017 agenda by clicking here.



Allied Health JTED Health Occupation Program facilities going up

The Allied Health JTED Health Occupation program facilities at the Prescott Valley Center are going up.  As photos posted in the District Governing Board Agenda show, two of which are below, the construction crews are already working on the second floor of the new structure.

The goal of the construction and design team is to ensure that classroom and lab spaces are ready for students at the start of the fall 2017 semester.

The construction program dates for completion as outlined by the College is as follows:

  1. Prescott Valley Center Parking Expansion – December 2016 through June 2017

  2. Prescott Valley Center Addition – January 2017 through July/August 2017

  3. Prescott Valley Center Addition Floor 2 Completion – December 2017

  4. Building 2 Interior Remodel – May through August 2017

  5. Prescott Valley Center Existing Space Remodel – May through August 2017

  6. Move JTED from Centre Pointe to Prescott Valley – July/August 2017

  7. Move Allied Health to Prescott Valley Center – July/August 2017



Sedona renovation, College for Kids, CTEC and new concurrent courses moving forward

Verde Valley Executive Dean James Perey reported on the progress of various projects in the Verde Valley at the May 9, 2017 board meeting. According to Dr. Perey, the following is a list of new programs and projects underway.

  • The $5.4 million renovation at the Sedona Center will be completed by the end of July, 2017.
  • A new “sprung floor” to be paid by Yavapai Community College will be installed at the Performing Arts Center at the Red Rock high school. The seven-day project is expected to be completed by the fall semester. The College and the high school will begin a cooperative performing arts program this fall.
  • The “College for Kids” summer program attracted 485 students in 2016. This year Dean Perey expects an even larger attendance. He attributes the success of the program to cooperation between Yavapai Community College and the local school districts in the Verde Valley.
  • The final acre of the vineyard on the Verde Campus was planted the end of April. This brings the total acreage to about 13.5.
  • The culinary program at the Sedona Center will begin this fall with morning classes open to all high school and Community College students.
  • A new medical assistance program for high school and Community College students will begin on the Verde Campus this fall. 
  • Dr. Perey anticipates an intergovernmental agreement between the career and technical education district in the Verde Valley and Yavapai Community College to be executed at the June, 2017 Governing Board meeting.

Dr. Perey’s six minute report to the Governing Board follows.


Agreement includes allowing College to hold classes at the Center

The District Governing Board approved an intergovernmental agreement between the College and the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District at its April meeting that allows the College to hold credit and non-credit and community programming and classes at the Performing Arts Center. 

The College agreed to invest an amount of money in the Center to improve the stage and surroundings. The total amount of money to be invested was not contained in the agreement. However, it is thought to be in the $50,000 range.

The District will allow the College access at no charge to facilities/classrooms in return for the investment. It is anticipated that the College will create dual enrollment courses in the performing arts in conjunction with Red Rock high school .


Scheduled for completion by July

The Yavapai Community College administration reported to the District Governing Board at the May 9, 2017 meeting that the Sedona Center renovation was moving ahead and on schedule. The interior work at the Center includes installation of flooring in the pastry kitchen and culinary area. According to the report, kitchen equipment will be installed in the Center the week of May 22.

Some of the photos of the work in progress were provided in the agenda and a few of them appear below. It is anticipated that the project will be substantially completed by July 1.

The full agenda can be accessed by clicking here.


Administration continues spending millions on buildings, parking lots, etc. on Prescott Campus (and elsewhere)

The College Administration spends from $6 million to $8 million dollars a year on various capital projects. All of the revenue comes from primary property taxes and student tuition. Compared to other educational institutions in Arizona, it is awash with revenue.  

For example, the District Governing Board was provided the following capital construction plan for the summer, 2017  at its April 7, 2017  meeting.  It is impressive and this list  is just for one campus.

The sketch was provided to the Governing Board in its agenda by McCarthy Smith Group JJR.



Citizen writes Board Members asking for reprieve

The Yavapai Community College Governing Board members have been asked by Ms. Dana Dieterich to look into the decision by Dr. Penelope Wills to close the photo lab on the Prescott campus and auction off the equipment.  The decision to close the lab is related to the rededication of building 15 on the Campus as a performing arts facility. 

According to Dieterich, “the wet [photo] lab will be expensive to move, so I suggest leaving it where it is. If there are doors added to the outside, the inside doors can go away, allowing extra space where a hallway is now. The YC photo wet lab is an amazing space and should be left to operate and fulfill the needs of the Yavapai College community as well as the Prescott Community.”

Unfortunately, the Governing Board leaves decisions like this up to the administration. Neither the Governing Board nor the administration have shown a willingness to respond to citizen input or specific requests such as that being made by Dieterich. Because the College has so much revenue coming from primary property taxes, it can spend from six to eight million dollars a year on any projects it desires. Citizens have no voice on renovation, construction, or anything else for that matter. Completely arbitrary decisions are made by the administration with impunity.

Let us hope that in this case Wills’ will respond to the citizen request in a positive manner and prove the Blog wrong.