MCC Master Plan Construction Update

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

View a live webcam of the Science Center construction 

Building Projects At-a-Glance through January 10, 2015

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/BMA
  • Construction: Clark Construction
  • Architect: TBD
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Latest Accomplishments

  • Completed masonry bearing wall installation
  • Completed water tie-in
  • Completed MEP wall rough-in masonry bearing walls
  • Installed pre-cast concrete plank for the mechanical mezzanine
  • Install joist and deck on the North and South classrooms
  • Install misc. metals all around the project
  • Installed structural steel for the building
  • Delivered all door frames for the project
  • Installed window and door temporary opening protection


  • Demographical and architectural analyses work still pending, but moving along
  • On Wednesday, December 17, the MCC Board of Trustees authorized the College to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for architectural services to redesign the former Muskegon Chronicle Building/MCC Downtown Center.
  • Issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for creative and architectural services to redesign the recently purchased MCC Downtown Center on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
  • Summary of Programming Needs – completed draft
  • Established a series of meetings
Next Steps

  • Complete masonry bearing wall installation
  • Start the brick installation
  • Complete MEP wall rough-in masonry bearing walls
  • Install joist and deck complete on the project
  • Install structural steel for the building
  • Install window and door temporary opening protection
  • Start overhead installation MEP North half
  • Start framing on the North half exterior and interior
  • Install roofing on the North half and look to start the South section
  • Preliminary demographical and architectural analyses report should be completed by mid- to late January 2015
  • Plan to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for architectural services at the March 2015 MCC Board of Trustees meeting.


  • Early January – December 2015: Building tours as scheduled
  • Early January/Ongoing – Internal and external input on design and programming
  • January 16, 2015 – Mandatory pre-proposal conference for prospective respondents to the RFP
  • January 30, 2015: Proposals due
  • Early-Mid February 2015: Proposal Review
  • Mid-February 2015: Board review/approval of architect
  • Mid-February/June: Architectural design
  • March/April 2015: Working MCC staff opens in MCC Downtown Center
  • Develop an initial equipment list – ongoing
Remaining Timeline
  • Completion of the Science Laboratory Center addition is still on schedule to be completed by July 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
  • July 2015 – engage architectural firm and construction company.
  • 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-May 2016: Phase One opening. Classes will be offered at the MCC Downtown Center beginning in January 2016.
  • January 2017: Phase Two opening


  • 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. redesign
  • 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