Released: August 31, 2023
online services, online classes available
SANTA FE, NM – Santa Fe Community College Water Pressure Update: Due to the impacts of low water pressure arising from Santa Fe County construction projects near the campus, the SFCC Main Campus (at 6401 Richards Avenue) will remain closed through Labor Day, Sept. 4. The anticipated opening of the SFCC Main Campus is Tuesday, Sept. 5. The lower-than-normal water pressure has compromised the college’s fire suppression system, which prohibits the public or employees from coming onto campus. A fully functional fire suppression system is a requirement for the college to be open.
A Santa Fe County Alert issued on Aug. 31 stated: “As part of the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads Project, water infrastructure has been affected. During the construction, Santa Fe County encountered a water line that we had not anticipated to be in conflict with design elements. The focus of the project is to continue to maintain and provide an adequate water supply to Santa Fe Community College. At this time, Santa Fe County is adjusting elements of our water infrastructure to correct this issue. Construction on the water line commenced last week and full services are anticipated to be restored this weekend… We apologize for the disruption this has caused for students and staff at the Community College.”
SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “Keeping SFCC closed through the Labor Day weekend will give the College’s Facilities and Operations team time to evaluate the situation. We anticipate opening the campus on Tuesday, Sept. 5. We appreciate everyone’s patience. We understand this closure has impacted students and community members. The safety of our students and the public remains our top priority.”
SFCC will notify the campus community with additional information should Santa Fe County need to extend this delay beyond Monday. The closure includes all of SFCC’s Main Campus facilities – including but not limited to the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center, Kids Campus, and La Familia Medical Center. (The Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road, will remain open.) Online college services and online classes are available.
SFCC Faculty and Staff who are able to work remotely are asked to perform work duties to the best of their abilities. Classes that can continue online should do so. Please direct class- or work-related questions to your instructor or direct supervisor. No SFCC employees or members of the public will be allowed onto campus until the situation is resolved.
Media Inquiries: Todd Lovato, Executive Director, Marketing and Public Relations, SFCC, 505-480-3865
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