Harper College supports a wide range of programs within its 200-acre campus in Palatine and two satellite facilities at the Harper Professional Center in Schaumburg and Harper College Learning and Career Center in Prospect Heights. Our main campus is comprised of 23 buildings and offers state-of-the art science and technology laboratories and classrooms, a comprehensive library and learning resources center, computer labs, lecture halls, theaters, a Health and Recreation Center and the Wojcik Convention Center. Wi-Fi access is provided across campus. The College also offers electric vehicle charging stations in Parking Lot 1, near the Health and Recreation Center and in Parking Lot 14, near the Wojcik Conference Center.
Every 10 years the College completes a new Campus Master Plan, an exhaustive analysis to determine the physical needs of the campus. The 2020 Campus Master Plan has been completed and provides a conceptual framework that will guide future growth and development of the campus and extension sites. To support the Strategic Plan, Harper College has undertaken a holistic, comprehensive Campus Master Plan to develop it's physical environment to support the College's academic mission, inform critical decision-making, provide a sustainable framework for existing and future programs and capital development, and maximize funding opportunities. Through engagement with the entire Harper College community, this master plan was developed to embody the spirit of the College and it's mission to "transform individual lives, the workforce, and society".
The first phase of the 2020 Campus Master Plan began in 2021 with the planning of the College's new building project which includes the Student Center to improve the first-time visitor experience, enrollment process and other student services; the University Center to support students transitioning to four-year institutions or the workforce; the Campus Dining Center; and the Culinary/Hospitality Center.
The second phase of the Campus Master Plan will begin in fall of 2022 with the program analysis phase of the redevelopment of Buildings I and J to provide an atmosphere to support and encourage collaboration with local businesses. The new building will include academic classrooms, labs and faculty offices primarily for the Business and Social Sciences division and Careers and Technical Programs divisions. Additional space may be provided for Fast Track, Child Care Center, Regional Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, the Small Business Development Center, Drone Program, and the Cannabis Lab. The demolition of the existing Buildings I and J will provide space for a new East Quadrangle surrounded by Buildings I, J, X and H.
Finally, it should be mentioned that a significant portion of funds received in the last referendum have been allocated toward campus infrastructure improvements including building exteriors, windows and doors, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC. These equally critical components are necessary to keep our physical college assets in good working condition.