Louise and Gene Rahll Education Center at Frank Phillips CollegeFrank Phillips College Dalhart Dalhart, Texas
In late 2015, former Dalhart Mayor, Gene Rahll, approached leadership at Frank Phillips College (FPC) and the Dalhart Education Foundation (DEF) with the intention to fund a new satellite campus to Frank Phillips College in Dalhart, Texas. Frank Phillips College already had a center in Dalhart that served students in the northwest Texas Panhandle, but the facility did not provide a suitable environment for many of FPC’s instructional activities. PSC was selected to first master plan and develop an analytically-based curricular needs assessment for workforce training and post-secondary education needs across Dallam and Hartley Counties. That academic needs assessment for the campus determined a long-term need for nearly 58,000 GSF of general academic and CTE educational space with an initial Phase I building scope of 17,410 GSF focused on specific academic areas. PSC completed that master plan in June 2016, which aided in the successful passage of a maintenance tax bond referendum in November 2016 to support the new FPC Campus.
PSC proceeded in late 2016 to design the initial campus facility, which included welcome center and student services spaces, a learning resources center, life sciences laboratory spaces, flat classroom, and meeting space to support the College’s general education, workforce-ready needs, and partnerships with institutions like Dalhart ISD for early college courses. The Phase I building also included classroom, simulation, and support space for FPC’s LVN/ADN nursing program conducted in partnership with Coon Memorial Hospital. Phase I completed ahead of schedule and under budget in spring 2018, while a separate Phase II Career Technology and Industrial Technology building also designed by PSC in conformance to the campus master plan also began construction nearby. That 7,406 GSF facility – focused on electrical training, industrial technology, and welding, was completed in fall 2018. The opening of the new FPC Dalhart Campus has transformed early college, college, workforce, and adult education opportunities for the people of the Northwest Texas Panhandle.
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