MCC Master Plan Construction Update


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

 Building Projects At-a-Glance through Nov. 10, 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/BMAConstruction: Clark Construction Architect: TBDConstruction: TBD Architect: TBDConstruction: TBD Architect: TBDConstruction: TBD
Latest Accomplishments
Earthwork and site utilities work began on Friday, Oct.  17:Tree and stump removal is completed and the concrete sidewalks have been removed

The storm sewer underground has been installed

The soil erosion silt fence and construction drive has been installed and maintained

The building pad has been installed

The site security fence installed with signage

Next update meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 18 Extension of the Inspection Period until November 25, 2014. Summary of Programming Needs completed draft

Established a series of meetings

Next Steps
Foundation and structural work will begin on Monday, Nov. 10 and the following will happen:

Start and complete building foundations

Start and complete masonry bearing wallsInstall water main relocation and tie-in the system

Install the sewer tie-in

Install MEP wall rough-in masonry bearing walls

Install sleeve installation in all foundations

Kingscott/BMA and Plante Moran Cresa are still moving forward with the Health Center demographical and architectural analyses work and the plan is to be done within the next two months Complete the closing process for purchase of the Chronicle Building, anticipated closing in early December 2014

Once the closing is finalized, issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for architectural services.

Develop an initial equipment list
Remaining Timeline
Completion of the addition is scheduled for July of 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

Demographic study complete by mid- November 2014

Preliminary report complete by mid-December 2014

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

May 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

What
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.

Why
“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.”

Where
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

When
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.

Cost
$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

What
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.

Why
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.

Where
Downtown Muskegon, in the Downtown Development Association District

When
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

Cost
$7.2 million

Health and Physical Education Center

What
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.

Why
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.

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

When
Expected completion in mid-2016.

Cost
$6.2 million

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

Creative and Performing Arts Center

What
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.

Why
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.

Where
Renovated space on the MCC campus.

When
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.

Cost
$6.1 million