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 October 23, 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 and $2.51 million EDA Grant)

Arts and Humanities Center – $6.1 million

($6.1 million – millage)

  • Architect: Kingscott/BMA
  • Construction: Clark Construction
  • Architect:The Collaborative
  • Construction: Clark Construction
  • Managed Services Firm: Power Wellness
  • Architect: C2AE/MMA/Prein Newhof
  • Construction: TBD
  • Architect: Progressive AE
  • Construction: TBD
Latest Accomplishments
 Project completed on August 24, 2015
  • Clark Construction selected for the Health and Wellness Center Project construction management services on Oct. 12, 2015.
  • Closed on the old YMCA property on Oct. 1, 2015. Temporary signage is up with new name: MCC Lakeshore Fitness Center
  • Programming meetings held on campus with identified User Groups on Sept. 9, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2015. User Groups include: Athletics, Recreation, Administration and Academics, Facilities, Food Service and Mercy Health Partners.
  • Conducted Student/Staff surveys to assess interest in various programs and cost models for future Health and Wellness Center.
  • Begin dialogue on possible additional community partnerships for Simulation Center program to be a part of the Health and Wellness project.
  • Began assessment of MCC Lakeshore Fitness Center. This is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2015.
  • Currently at the end of the Design Development phase.
  •  Meetings with instructors and MCC staff conducted on Sept. 25 and Sept. 28, 2015 to review Design Development drawings.
  • Meeting with Leadership Team conducted on Sept. 30, 2015 to review Design Development cost estimate and share feedback from review meetings. Current cost estimate for construction and contingency is 5% over the SD phase budget.
  • Additional teleconference meetings with Leadership Team conducted on Oct. 8, 2015 and Oct. 13, 2015 to align project scope with budget.
  • Progressive AE selected Oct. 9, 2015 for the Arts and Humanities Center Project architectural services.
Next Steps
  • January/February 2016 – prepare documents to go out for bids
  • Continue developing new academic and athletic programs for Health and Wellness Center project.
  • Get the Construction manager engaged to begin programming and Schematic Design cost estimates as well as a preliminary construction schedule, including portable bid packages and dates.
  • Continue user meetings while developing floor plans, elevations, etc. for the Schematic Design package.
  • Complete site survey and soils testing by the end of 2015.


  • Cost saving alternates to be identified by Project Team for meeting with Leadership Team on Oct. 23, 2015.
  • Project energy rebate evaluation meeting scheduled with energy providers for Oct. 28, 2015 onsite.
  • Start Construction Document Phase of project as soon as possible. Orginal Oct. 1, 2015 date has been missed and will need to extend construction document phase by time needed for alignment of scope and budget.
  • Issue RFP for construction management services by January/February 2016.
Remaining Timeline
  • January 2016 – April 2016: complete design and documentation in anticipation of mid-2016 construction start date.
  • Spring 2016: Begin construction work
  • Winter 2017: Complete new Health and Wellness Center addition and renovations of existing gym.
  • 2017: Health and Wellness Center addition and renovations of existing gym to be complete.


  •  Final board approval of bidding/construction documents now scheduled for mid-February 2016
  • March 2016 scheduled for Bidding Phase
  • Late Spring/early Spring 2017 – project completed and handed over to owner
  • 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