FORT COLLINS — Students at Front Range Community College voted this week to approve a new fee to fund the construction and renovation of several buildings on the institution's Larimer County campus.

The proposed construction projects are a result of a master-planning process that determined the campus needed another 90,000-square-feet in classroom and study space.

Among other projects, a planned new integrated technology building will provide additional space for the school's growing welding, automotive technology and clean-energy technology programs. It will feature a dedicated fabrication space for welding, more auto bays, lab spaces and lounge areas.

The Redcloud Peak building will be renovated to incorporate more space for art, music, dance, theater, natural resources and horticulture. The expanded space will include a Consolidated Arts Complex including a design center, an expansion in space for computer-aided design, multimedia graphic design, interior design and architecture, Black Box Theater and an outdoor arts courtyard.

The administrative building, Mount Antero, will be redesigned into a central student lounge, study space and student services area. The building will house student organizations, the Learning Opportunity Center, tutoring and other academic support services.

Maroon Peak, the veterinary technology building, and Blanca Peak, which houses nursing, business and social behavioral sciences, will also undergo renovations.

More than 84 percent of the 712 students who voted approved the stepped fee increase – $3 per credit hour in fall 2013, $5 in fall 2014 and $7 in fall 2015, where it will remain for the life of the bond, approximately 20 years. The fee will be capped at 12 credit hours.

The first project is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2013, and the last by the summer of 2015.

The 12-month process that identified the space deficiencies included faculty, staff and student input. Since the last master-plan was completed in 2007, the school has grown by 25 percent.