ARCC Cambridge Campus Planning and Construction

The Cambridge Campus is 40 miles north of Minneapolis, Minnesota on the western edge of the City of Cambridge, a rural environment within Isanti County. The 128.8 acre campus is located on a bluff on the banks of the Rum River. The Cambridge campus offers more than 50 different career programs and several degree options. Largest programs include business, nursing and science.

Highlights of Cambridge Campus:


  • Facility Size: 121,362 Square Feet

  • Largest enrolled programs: Business, Nursing, Science

  • Facilities condition issues: The original college buildings were constructed in 1996. The roof was a single ply EDPM membrane. Roof will need replacement in near future.

  • Energy efficiency concerns, sustainability, B3: The boiler system consists of two 1995 Kewanee Boilers and one Benchmark Condensing boiler. The two older boilers are not energy efficient and are only utilized as backup boilers and to meet peak heating needs. Replacing one of the older boilers with a new condensing boiler would improve energy efficiency and provide better redundancy.

  • Projects currently under construction, design, predesign: Some minor remodeling projects are being completed during the summer of 2014. No major projects are being considered at the present time.

  • Collaborative programs and partnerships at the campus – The Cambridge Campus has a bioenergy research project underway. The research study for the 2014 growing season is to grow 40 acres of energy crops for biofuel production and a beneficial insect study that will be conducted along with the USDA-ARS out of Morris, MN. Twenty acres will be canola and 20 acres will be soybean. The USDA will have a replicate site that will be used to compare site data. The Morris site is flat, has rich soil, and is completely surrounded by agricultural land for miles. The ARCC site is undulated, has nutrient poor soil/sand, and is surrounded by a variety of landscapes including forest, stream, restored native prairie and manicured lawns. The main goal of 2014 plan is to determine if these specific flowering biofuel crops are also beneficial for pollinating insects. Melanie Waite-Altringer along with her Environmental Science Lab students (48) will be gathering and analyzing data (soil and insect) from the demonstration site this summer. This data will be used by the USDA, Bayer CropScience, Winfield, and Anoka-Ramsey Community College. The statewide E3 conference will also be using the ARCC field as part of their program.

  • Four Year Degrees are available in the following programs:
    • Nursing (Bachelor of Science) through Bemidji State University
    • Special Education (Bachelor of Science) through Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Leased or off-site locations – The College currently leases space from the Armed Forces Readiness Facility in Cambridge. The College plans to bring this program back to the Cambridge Campus in the fall of 2014. There will be no leased facilities after this program is moved back to campus.

  • The college campus does not have facilities for on-campus housing.

Click here to view the ARCC Facilities Master Plan 2010.

*The Facilities Master Planning is currently in progress. The goal is to complete the updated Plan by Spring 2016.

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