MCC Master Plan Construction Update

Supported by the taxpayers of Muskegon County








View a live webcam of the Science Center construction 

Listen to how the new Science Center will make a difference:

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:

Friday Tours (May 1-August 31)

Every Friday from May 1 through August 31, MCC will host public tours of both its new Science Center next to the Stevenson Center on campus and of its Downtown Center, the former Chronicle Building. Both facilities are currently undergoing construction and/or renovations. The tours will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m., as well as by appointment.  Please stop by to learn how Muskegon Community College is helping meet the talent needs of the 21st century. For more information, call the office of Dr. John Selmon, VP for Student Services and Administration, at (231) 777-0266.


Building Projects At-a-Glance through July 1, 2015

Science Center
$9.6 Million (DTMB $4.6)
Health and Wellness Center
$6.1 Million
Downtown Center
$11.3 Million
($4.1 MEDC Grant)
Arts Center
$6.1 Million
  • Architect: Kingscott/BMA
  • Construction: Clark Construction
  • Architect: TBD
  • Construction: TBD
  • Managed Services Firm: Power Wellness
  • Architect: C2AE/MMA/Prein Newhof
  • Construction: TBD
  • Architect: TBD
  • Construction: TBD
Latest Accomplishments
Phase I
The Muskegon Community College Science Addition and Renovation Project continues to track on schedule. The project is completed and final training and punch list is underway. We will be looking forward to getting occupancy on Monday, July 13, 2015.

Completed Work Science Center Addition Phase I:

  • Completed MEP final connections
  • Mechanical system startup and testing
  • Final cleaning is completed
  • Rework tie-in overhand is 95% completed
  • Startup and commissioning is underway
  • Punch list is being worked on

Phase II
The interior renovation project is tracking on schedule. At this time, we have all the metal stud framing, insulation,  and drywall installed. Finishing of the drywall is 65% completed in all areas and interior painting is 50% completed. MEP overhead is ongoing and insulation has started.

Completed Work Science Center Addition Phase II:

  • Asbestos abatement is 98% completed
  • Interior MEP wall rough-in is installed
  • Drywall hanging is installed
  • Overhead MEP rough-in is 75% installed
  • Installation of metal door frames completed
  • Patch and paint walls completed
  • Overheads and under floor rough-ins completed
  • Started painting of interior walls 2nd floor

Phase III
The mechanical and electrical upgrades have started and the major work that has been completed is removal of old piping and pumps in the boiler room. Some new piping was also installed in the boiler room.

Completed work in Phase III:

  • Started mechanical and electrical piping
  • Demolition has started on the mechanical and electrical piping
  • Equipment has been removed in the boiler room
  • Interviewed five architectural firms on June 25, 2015 for the Health and Wellness Center
  • Selection of architectural firm on Wednesday, July 15, for the Health and Wellness Center
  • Schematic design documents delivered to Leadership Team on June 15, 2015
  • Schematic design probable opinion of cost assembled by cost consultant and delivered to Leadership Team on June 19, 2015
  • Meeting with City of Muskegon officials conducted on June 25, 2015
  • Developed RFP for architectural services to be issued on Thursday, July 16, 2015
Next Steps

  • Complete punch list
  • Complete closeout documents
  • Finish owner training on equipment

NEXT MONTH Phase II – STEM Center Redesign

  • Start and complete installation of ceilings
  • Start and complete flooring
  • Complete painting of all walls
  • Delivery and install of casework and tops
  • MEP final connections
  • MEP overhead finish products
  • Installation of wood doors and hardware

NEXT MONTH Phase III – Mechanical Upgrades

  • Continue mechanical and electrical piping
  • Set structural steel and joist and deck
  • Set chiller on  the roof
  • Install new pumps and mechanical equipment
  • July/August 2015 – engage construction company
  • Continue developing new academic and athletic programs for Health and Wellness Center


  • Meetings with the State Fire Marshal to be scheduled in July  for preliminary review.
  • Design alternatives for potential cost reductions to be assembled by project team
  • Design development phase delayed until project costs can be aligned with program scope.
  • Seek approval to issue a RFP for architectural services at July 2015 Board of Trustees meeting
  • September 2015: Hire architectural firm
  • December 2015: Engage construction company
Remaining Timeline
Phase I:

  • Completion of the Science Center addition is still on schedule to be completed in July 2015.

Phase II:

  • Completion of STEM Center Redesign renovations by late August 2015

Phase III:

  • Completion of Mechanical Upgrade by late August 2015
  • Complete construction September 25, 2015
  • Winter 2017 – complete new Health and Wellness Center addition and renovations of existing gym.


  •  Mid-July 2015 now tentatively scheduled for start of the Design Development phase
  • December 2015: Construction documents scheduled to be completed. May be delayed due to current work to align project budget with project scope
  • January/February 2016: Bidding Phase
  • Depending on the final scope of work, EDA grant funding process and construction schedule, some areas of project could be open by September 2016
  • 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



MCC Downtown Center










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