MCC Master Plan Construction Update

Supported by the taxpayers of Muskegon County


MCC Science Center

MCC Science Center

MCC Science Center
(opened Fall 2015)





MCC Downtown Center

MCC Downtown Center

MCC Downtown Center
(opening Fall 2017)





MCC Health and Wellness Center

MCC Health and Wellness Center

MCC Health and Wellness Center
(opening Fall 2017)





For more information, contact:

John Selmon, Vice President for Student Services and Administration
Phone: (231) 777-0265 Email:

Gerald Nyland, Director of Physical Plant
Phone: (231) 777-0315  Email:


Building Projects At-a-Glance through September 15, 2015

Science Center –
$9.6 million
($4.6 million State of Michigan DTMB/$4.6 million – millage/ $400,000 – MCC)
Health and Wellness Center – $14.2 million

$6.1 million – millage/ $8.1 million – will seek bond)

Downtown Center -$14.77 million

($7.2 million – millage/$7.5 million – donations, grants, etc.)

($4.1 million – MEDC Equipment Only Grant))

Arts and Humanities Center – $6.1 million

($6.1 million – millage)

  • Architect: Kingscott/BMA
  • Construction: Clark Construction
  • Architect:The Collaborative
  • Construction: TBD
  • Managed Services Firm: Power Wellness
  • Architect: C2AE/MMA/Prein Newhof
  • Construction: TBD
  • Architect: TBD
  • Construction: TBD
Latest Accomplishments
 Project completed on August 24, 2015
  • Mandatory meeting for Construction Management Services on Friday, Sept. 11. There were 17 different construction firms represented.
  • Purchased the Muskegon Family YMCA facility at 900 W. Western Ave. Closing date is Oct. 1, 2015. New name moving forward is MCC Lakeshore Fitness Center,
  • Currently in the Design Development phase.
  • Meetings conducted on Aug. 14 with MCC Technology Team and Leadership Team to discuss completion of technology plan for Downtown Center and next steps for securing proposal for hazardous material survey and remediation of project.
  • Meeting with Best Credit Union resident conducted on Aug. 16. Plan for location in Masonic Temple forwarded to CU on Sept. 9.
  • Meeting with State Fire Marshal conducted on Aug. 17. No major concerns arose from meeting. C2AE will review exceptions for single means egress from third floor of Masonic Temple for possible elimination of existing fire escape.
  • Meeting with Barnes and Noble (B&N) Bookstore conducted on Aug. 18. Plan for location in Masonic Temple forwarded to B&N on Sept. 9.
  • Cores of existing roofs have identified almost all of the Chronicle Building roof prior to 2001 addition is in poor condition and will need to be replaced. C2AE is currently investigating if roof support in these areas can accommodate increased snow loading due to increased roof insulation required by code. Previous SD budget included an allowance for replacement of 50% of this roof. This finding may require an increase in the budget beyond the current $14.77 million.
  • Design Development drawings submitted to cost consultant on Sept. 11 for pricing.
  • Chose four finalists to interview for the Arts and Humanities Center architectural services on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.
Next Steps
  • Proposals due date for Construction Management Services, Oct. 2, 2015
  • Interviews for Construction Management Services, Oct. 12, 2015
  • Selection of Construction Management Services firm, Oct. 21, 2015
  • September/October 2015 – engage construction company
  • January/February 2016 – prepare documents to go out for bids
  • Continue developing new academic and athletic programs for Health and Wellness Center project


  • Meetings with instructors and MCC staff scheduled for Sept. 25 and Sept. 28 to review Design Development drawings.
  • Meeting with Leadership Team scheduled for Sept. 30 to review Design Development cost estimate and share feedback from review meetings.
  • Start Construction Document Phase of project on Oct. 1 if Leadership team approves Design Development drawings and DD cost estimate is in alignment with budget.
  • Conduct interviews, select and hire architectural firm, by Oct. 21, 2015
  • November/December 2015 – Issue RFP for construction company
Remaining Timeline
 Phase III:

  • Complete construction Sept. 25, 2015
  • Begin construction work in Spring 2016
  • Winter 2017 – complete new Health and Wellness Center addition and renovations of existing gym.


  •  Design Development phase approval planned for Sept. 30 unless cost estimate exceeds $14.77 million budget.
  • Final board approval of bidding/construction documents now scheduled for mid-January 2016
  • January/February 2016 still scheduled for Bidding Phase
  • Spring 2017 – project completed and handed over to owner
  • Summer 2017 – owner move in, training and program shakeout
  • Fall 2017 – Classes begin building wide
  • Winter 2016: Begin renovation work in Theater, Music, Arts, etc.
  • Summer 2016: Begin some renovation work in Tech Building
  • Fall 2017: Construction well underway
  • Winter 2018: Renovation completed




The Vision

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

The MCC Downtown Center will house the College’s applied technology programs, including computer aided design, computer aided manufacturing, engineering, and electronics. A maker space, available to the community, will connect regional engineers, manufacturers, artists, and creative makers/thinkers to the college. Plans also include entrepreneurial programs, experiential learning programs and a black box meeting/performance space to serve our students and community.

“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,” explains MCC President Dale K. Nesbary. Since moving to its current campus at Marquette and Quarterline, MCC’s enrollment has strained its existing facilities by growing 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 and has greatly expanded partnerships with the business community.

In heart of historic downtown Muskegon at 981 Third Street, site of the former Muskegon Chronicle Building.

By mid-2016. Planning and programming for the site are nearing completion. The site acquisition is complete and design process has begun.

$7.2 million


Health and Wellness 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 and Wellness 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