Miami Dade College West Campus Has Grown Fast

Friday, October 12, 2012

Doral is a city filled with warehouses and office space, and Miami Dade College’s West Campus nearly ended up as more of the same.

The three-story building at the heart of the campus was originally built to house Blackstone — a Miami-based prepaid long-distance calling card distributor. But the company instead opted to sell the newly constructed office/warehouse structure, and MDC administrators jumped at an opportunity to start a new campus in one of the fastest-growing parts of the county.

In the spring of 2006, MDC’s West Campus opened its doors, serving a modest 150 students. Today, more than 8,000 attend classes there, making West Campus easily the fastest-growing of MDC’s eight campuses.

That dramatic growth is what created the need for a new $22.5 million parking garage — a construction project that turned tragic this week after part of the structure collapsed, killing at least three construction workers who were trapped inside.

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