(Opening Fall 2019)
Muskegon Community College is undertaking a renovation project to upgrade facilities for its Arts and Humanities Department. The project involves renovating the former Applied Technology building and moving visual arts and music into the newly refurbished and modernized spaces that will accessible for students with disabilities.
The art department, which boasts award-winning faculty and students, remains popular with students who desire to transfer to a four-year college to complete their remaining art courses. The music program is strong and robust, having had two ensembles perform at Carnegie Hall’s famed Isaac Stern Auditorium.
Renovations to the existing Overbrook Theater facility include accessibility improvements and updated sound and lighting equipment. MCC’s exceptional theater, dance, and humanities programs provide regularly scheduled performances and presentations here for the Muskegon and West Michigan community.
A final component of the project is moving the last remaining program, Automotive, from the former Applied Technology building to a location that formerly housed the sheet metal union classrooms.
Below is a room by room description of the facilities that will be improved through this project:
- Medium Ensemble Room – This practice room will hold groups of 60 players. All MCC vocal and instrumental ensembles will rehearse here. The room will feature acoustic panels to optimize sound. Groups that play here will have the ability to have their performances recorded.
- Keyboard Lab – This technology enhanced classroom will feature 12 student stations with keyboards and integrated desktop computers. Classes here will include theory and composition classes.
- Teaching Suites – There will be three acoustically controlled teaching suites which will accommodate an instructor with a small group of students.
- Practice Rooms – There will be six individual, sound controlled rooms where music students will be able to practice their instruments.
- Student Instrument Storage – This row of lockers will allow students to safely stow their instruments while they are not in use.
- Music Library – This spacious room, with its large tables for sorting music, will allow the MCC music department to store its extensive library of music and also to store and record music that is purchased or borrowed while it is being used by ensembles.
- College Instrument Storage – MCC maintains some instruments for students to use and this room allows them to be stowed safely when not in use.
- Student Lounge – This room, located at the confluence of the art and music wings of the building, can be used by any MCC student or guest. The facility features comfortable seating and some vending options.
- 3D Art Studio – This studio, which will facilitate the teaching of sculpture for up to 20 students, features heavy duty tables with vices and appropriate storage for this discipline.
- Painting Studio – This studio has tables with drawing boards for up to 20 students and mobile cabinets for storage.
- Advanced Drawing Studio – This studio is equipped with drawing benches for up to 20 students.
- Printmaking Studio – This studio has acid-resistant tables, necessary for the discipline of printmaking, to accommodate 20 students
- Ceramics Studio – With a pottery wheel, a wedge table, and special canvas topped tables, this studio will accommodate 20 students.
- Kiln Room – This accessory room to the ceramics studio contains three kilns for firing ceramics.
- Woodshop – This small shop has saws and other equipment to facilitate projects for all the art studios.
- Spray Booth – This paint room, which is vented for safe application of paint, facilitates projects for all the art studios.
- Lecture/Viewing Classroom – This tiered classroom is used for lectures, in particularly for art history and other lecture-based art classes.
- Faculty Studio – This studio allows space for faculty to develop their own teaching projects.
- Student Open Studio – This open studio, which will allow students to work on projects outside of class, provides an extra, flexible instruction space when needed.
- Matting and Collection Room – This room allows for these vital functions to be separated from the studios and to not interfere with instruction.
- Art Supply Room – This room will support all of the studios with supplies.
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- Overbrook Theater – Improvements will include accessibility upgrades and updated sound and lighting equipment.
- Control Room – This room will house the controls for the new sound and lighting equipment.
- Building – The number of overhead doors and bays available for auto technology instruction space is increasing to six with this renovation. The facility provides plenty of space for storage in mezzanine areas. The lab has its own student restrooms, student break area and instructor offices.
- Auto Classroom 1 – This classroom facilitates the lecture portion of auto technology classes for up to 16 students.
These areas are planned but will not be completed with the improvements above
unless fundraising targets are met on time
- Large Ensemble Room – This practice room will hold groups of 90 players and all MCC vocal and instrumental ensembles will rehearse here. The room will feature acoustic panels to optimize sound and having two ensemble rooms will allow two groups to rehearse at the same time.
- Auto Classroom 2 – This second auto classroom will allow two classes to use the building simultaneously and will have lecture space for up to 16 students.
- 2D Drawing Studio – This drawing studio allows for two drawing classes at the same time and features drawing benches for up to 20 students.
- Theater – Complete theater chair refurbishment, ceiling improvements, painting of the house, house lighting to LED, house right handicap seating, refinish and re-skin stage, additional lighting, audio, and control work, HVAC sound dimming upgrade
Facility Naming Opportunities
The MCC Arts and Humanities Center offers corporations and individual donors many opportunities to have a classroom, laboratory or the building itself named in their honor. For more information on naming opportunities or to arrange a private tour, contact:
Phone: (231) 777-0571