MCC Master Plan Construction Update

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

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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 March 6, 2015

Science Laboratory Center
$9.6 Million (DTMB $4.6)
Health Center
$6.2 Million
Downtown Center
$11.3 Million
Arts Center
$6.1 Million
  • Architect: Kingscott/BMA
  • Construction: Clark Construction
  • Architect: TBD
  • Construction: TBD
  • Architect: C2AE/MMA/Prein Newhof
  • Construction: TBD
  • Architect: TBD
  • Construction: TBD
Latest Accomplishments
Completed Work Phase I:

  • Exterior brick installation is 20% completed
  • Exterior foam insulation installation is 90% completed
  • Exterior framing and wood blocking is completed on the exterior of the project
  • Roofing is 98% completed
  • Installation of the joist and deck is completed
  • Installation of structural steel is completed
  • Installation of temporary windows on the project is completed
  • Mechanical, plumbing, and electrical overhead is 65 % completed
  • Metal Panel Z framing is installed on 98% of the building
  • Brick installation is 85% completed on the exterior
  • Temprary heat is installed and on the building
  • Plumbing and electrical underground is installed 70% on the North Area
  • Preliminary demographical analysis and architectural design work with a five-year operating pro forma has been completed and presented on Feb. 16, 2015 to the MCC Board of Trustees
  • Feb. 18, 2015 – selected C2AE/MMA/Prein Newhof as the architects for the MCC Downtown Center
  • Secured a $4.1 million Michigan Economic Development Corporation Grant for equipment for MCC Downtown Center.
  • Summary of Programming Needs – completed draft
  • Established a series of meetings
Next Steps

  • Complete the brick installation on the exterior walls and interior walls
  • Continue the overhead MEP on the project
  • Underground installation completed on the project
  • Pour all interior floors and mezzanine area
  • Complete all exterior framing and wood blocking at canopies
  • Complete all roofing for the project
  • Start and complete interior CMU no-load bearing walls
  • Complete the office area renovation project
  • Measure for exterior aluminum doors and curtain wall
  • Install air handlers and other equipment in the mezzanine area

Phase II – STEM Center Redesign

  • Construction drawings targeted to be completed by Feb. 23, 2015
  • Out to bid March 10, 2015
  • Board approval April 10, 2015
  • Start of construction May 11, 2015
  • Complete Construction Aug. 20, 2015
  • Plan to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for architectural services at the March/April 2015 MCC Board of Trustees meeting
  • June/July 2015 – engage architectural firm and construction company


  • Working with architects to submit an Economic Development Administration (federal agency) Grant for renovations by March 12, 2015
  • Mid-February/June 2015: Architectural design work completed
  • March/April 2015: issue RFP for construction manager for MCC Downtown Center construction work
  • March/April 2015: MCC staff office opens at the MCC Downtown Center
  • Develop an initial equipment list – ongoing
Remaining Timeline
Phase I:

  • Completion of the Science Laboratory Center addition is still on schedule for July 2015.

Phase II:

  • Complete construction Aug. 20, 2015
  • September 2016 – complete new health center addition and renovations of existing gym.


  • June/July 2015: Board approval of final design
  • July/August 2015: Selection of Construction Manager
  • September 2015: Construction begins
  • January 2016: Phase I move-in which may include the CAD labs, Electronic and Alternative Energy labs. This could also include Technical Math and Tech-related classes. Classes will be offered at the MCC Downtown Center
  • September 2016: Phase II opening. We will need the summer to set up Welding, Machine and Metallurgy labs.


  • Plan to seek architectural services as early as March/April 2015
  • Winter 2016 – begin renovation work in Tech Bldg.
  • Summer 2016 – begin renovation work in Theater, Music, Arts, etc.
  • 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

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 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