MCC Master Plan Construction Update

 Architect's rendering of the new Muskegon Community College STEM Center

 Building Projects At-a-Glance through December 12, 2014

Science Laboratory Center
$9.6 Million (DTMB $4.6)
Health Center
$6.2 Million
Downtown Center
$7.2 Million
Arts Center
$6.1 Million
  • Architect: Kingscott/BMA
  • Construction: Clark Construction
  • Architect: TBD
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Latest Accomplishments

  • All footings and foundation are installed.
  • New water service has been installed and tested ready for final connection on December 5, 2014.
  • Off-site storage fencing and parking is installed.
  • The Soil Erosion silt fence and construction drive is maintained.
  • Masonry contractor had mobilized and started on the West exterior wall.
  • Temporary power has been installed in the building pad.
  • Temporary emergency exit walkway has been installed.
  • MEP wall rough-in has started and is ongoing.


  • Demographical and architectural analyses work still pending
  • Closed on Chronicle building property Friday, December 12, 2014. The College officially owns the property at 981 Third Street, Muskegon, MI 49440.
  • Summary of Programming Needs completed draft
  • Established a series of meetings
Next Steps

  • Complete masonry bearing wall installation.
  • Complete water tie-in.
  • Complete MEP wall rough-in masonry-bearing walls.
  • Install pre-cast concrete plank for the mechanical mezzanine.
  • Install joist and deck on the North and South classrooms.
  • Install miscellaneous metals all around the project.
  • Install structural steel for the building.
  • Deliver all door frames to the project.
  • Install window and door temporary opening protection.
  • Need to complete demographical and architectural analyses work
  • Preliminary report should be completed by mid -December 2014.
  • Plan to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for architectural services at the February 2015 MCC Board of Trustees meeting.


  • Issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for creative and innovative architectural services to renovate the recently purchased Chronicle building at the Wednesday, December 17, MCC Board of Trustees monthly meeting.
  • Engage a creative and innovative architectural firm for services to renovate the recently purchased Chronicle building in february 2015.
  • Develop an initial equipment list – ongoing
Remaining Timeline
  • Completion of the Science Laboratory Center addition is still on schedule to be completed by July 2015.
  • The STEM Center Bldg. renovations are scheduled to start in August of 2015 and wrap up in April of 2016. This will done in phases to accommodate class schedules
  • July 2015 – engage architectural firm and construction company.
  • September 2016 – complete new health center addition and renovations of existing gym.


  • Renovations to support the curricular and business needs of the programs relocating downtown will begin in March 2015.
  • Classes will be offered at the MCC downtown site beginning in January 2016
  • Plan to seek architectural services as early as Feb. 2015
  • Winter 2016 – begin renovation work in Tech Bldg.
  • Summer 2016 – begin renovation work in Theater, Music, Arts, etc. redesign
  • Fall 2016 – well underway, near completion.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Center

New and renovated classroom and laboratory space for the life and physical sciences. The completed project will serve a combined 18 academic programs and will renovate existing lab and instructional space, as well as construct new space adjacent to the Stevenson Center for Higher Education.

“Muskegon Community College needs to compete on a national and global level,” said Nesbary. “In addition to meeting crucial student needs, this expansion will also benefit employers and the community at large. It will help attract and retain talented individuals and equip them with the science skills to make them both more effective employees and informed residents, critical to improving the overall health of our communities. Moreover, the College’s growth from approximately 2,000 in the mid-1960s to approximately 5,000 credit-bearing students has led to the need for additional academic space in the STEM fields.”

Renovation of existing space in the Main Building, along with a 19,000 sq. ft. new building adjacent to the Stevenson Center for Higher Education

Groundbreaking for the new building will take place on Sept. 3, 2014, with full occupancy expected in August 2015. Reconstruction of existing space is expected to begin in Spring 2015, with completion expected in mid-2016.

$9.6 million, $4.65 million of which comes from a state appropriation and the remainder from property tax revenues approved in the November 2013 general election. On July 3, 2013, Gov. Snyder signed a supplemental appropriations bill authorizing MCC to develop planning documents for 33,000 sq. ft. of existing and expanded campus facilities. The new law authorized MCC to begin planning for the project.On March 14, 2014 Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed PA 301 of 2014, legislation authorizing MCC to construct a 25,000-square-foot science laboratory and renovate 20,000 square feet of existing science facilities.

MCC Downtown Center

A downtown Muskegon space designed to accommodate the growth in enrollment and programming since the College relocated to the Marquette and Quarterline location. While still under review, the Center will house the College’s applied technology programs including computer aided design, computer aided manufacturing, engineering, and electronics. Also under consideration for occupying our downtown space are: entrepreneurial programs, experiential learning programs and a black box meeting/performance space to serve our students and community.

Since the mid-1960s, the College’s enrollments have grown from approximately 2,000 credit-bearing students to roughly 5,000 students, with another 2,000-plus students engaging in lifelong learning and training programs. The College has also increased programming in manufacturing, design, engineering, welding, technology, and related fields. The College’s credit-bearing student headcount has increased by 150 percent since the mid-1960s, while academic and support space have not kept pace, increasing by only 40 percent.

“Many colleges around the nation and in Michigan have partnered with their communities, to grow the local economy and just as importantly, to serve the needs of students, business and the community,” explained Nesbary. Sites in Norfolk, VA; Springfield, OH; and Kalamazoo, MI are among those experiencing enrollment growth, economic growth, and enhanced community engagement.

Downtown Muskegon, in the Downtown Development Association District

By mid-2016. Planning and programming for the site are nearing completion. The site acquisition and design processes have begun. A site is expected to be determined by Spring 2014, with construction and or renovation expected to begin by year’s end

$7.2 million

Health and Physical Education Center

A major renovation and expansion of the Bartels-Rode Gymnasium and Health Center will update one of the two oldest and most popular buildings on the MCC Campus. Included are a new recreation floor area, fitness center, classrooms and training space that collectively serve 10 academic areas.

Currently 46 years old, Bartels-Rode Gymnasium is the most heavily used facility at MCC. “Our 150 percent growth as a campus since 1968, has taken the most wear and tear on our over-used health and recreation facilities,” explained Nesbary. “It is expected that the new fitness and health facilities will generate operational revenue to offset increased costs associated with the additional building space.

An expansion of the existing Bartels-Rode Gymnasium and Health Center.

Expected completion in mid-2016.

$6.2 million

17,599 sq. ft. of new space and 12,800 sq. ft of renovated space

Creative and Performing Arts Center

The proposed $6.1 million arts center includes five new art studios, three classrooms, an exhibition gallery and kiln room, improvements to the Overbrook Theater and performance space, and expanded lab and multimedia instructional space. This space will serve MCC’s growing visual arts, performing arts and communications programs. The Visual Arts program would be relocated in an expansion of the existing Overbrook Theater. The Music, Theater, and Communications programs would occupy existing space, along with minimal expansion to accommodate program growth.

In the early 1970s, MCC placed its creative arts program in a “temporary” facility, a free-standing pole barn at the far corner of the north parking lot. The program is still located in that pole barn, with its inadequate cooling, heating, lighting, storage and demonstration space. The site’s limitations negate year-round and evening instruction.

“Muskegon County has a rich and proud history not only of supporting the arts, but also of producing its own talented artists, many of whom make their living operating small studios in our communities” explained Nesbary. Muskegon County is home to many exceptional arts institutions, including the Muskegon Museum of Art, the internationally recognized Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp with its 6,000-plus students annually, and many exceptional scholastic music programs that garner state championships and national attention. “Our faculty and staff are highly skilled, regularly performing locally, regionally, and nationally,” added Nesbary.”

MCC’s arts facilities need to be up to the highest standards to meet the expectations of and continue the educational process for these talented students. We need to keep these students in our community rather than sending them out of the region or state. Upgraded facilities will help us accomplish this goal.

Renovated space on the MCC campus.

Mid- to late 2016. An Arts Center Committee comprised of community members, students, faculty, staff, administrators and MCC Board of Trustees members, will finalize planning for the construction and relocation of the MCC Arts and Humanities Department. The Art Center planning process will begin in earnest in May 2014.  It is expected that construction will begin in early to mid-2015, with a target date for completion in mid to late 2016.

$6.1 million