Lt. Governor Signs Science Facilities Upgrade Bill

Posted by on 03.15.14 in Construction Projects, Uncategorized

I am pleased to share with you that on March 14, 2014, Lt. Governor Brian Calley signed Senate Bill 608, legislation authorizing Muskegon Community College to construct a 19,000-square-foot science laboratory and renovate 16,781 square feet of existing science facilities. The Lt. Governor signed the Bill, now Public Act 34 of 2014, as Governor Snyder was out of the state.

The cost of the project – $9,600,000 – is divided between MCC and the state, with the state responsible for $4,646,600, and MCC responsible for the remainder. It is expected that groundbreaking for the project will occur in late spring or early summer of 2014 with completion of all phases of the project by December of 2015.

Since the completion of the College’s Facility Master Plan in 2010, improving science facilities has been the top infrastructure priority identified by the MCC Board of Trustees. The master plan calls for a science/technology building addition with six new laboratories and six new classrooms, serving a combined 18 academic programs. Additionally, existing biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and technology space will be upgraded.

The expansion and upgrades will address the national call to increase the number of students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) graduates. The expanded facility will also allow the College to boost enrollment capacity, provide barrier-free access, improve technology integration, and protect investment in instructional equipment through secure storage.

I am gratified to note that students, faculty, staff, MCC Trustees and members of the community were integral in the development of the project and enactment of Public Act 34.  I thank them, as well as our partners in the Michigan Legislature and the Executive Branch, for their persistence and smart work.

As a result, our students will learn in state of the art facilities and our faculty will teach in the same.  Our community may rest assured that Muskegon Community College will continue to provide the best education and talent development in Muskegon and West Michigan.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

One Response to Lt. Governor Signs Science Facilities Upgrade Bill

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Comment policy: Your comments are welcome; respect and civility are expected.