State authorizes $4.25M in funding for renovations of South Campus building at Macomb Community College

– Wednesday, April 2, 2014 12:00AM

The State of Michigan has authorized $4.25 million in funding to support an $8.5 million renovation of a 47-year-old building on Macomb Community College’s South Campus. The college will use its capital projects fund to match the state’s financial commitment. 

“While capital outlay appropriations are typically sought to fund new construction projects, Macomb looked at the process as an opportunity to not only be fiscally responsible but to also maximize impact by renovating rather than building,” said James Jacobs, president, Macomb Community College.  “This approach underscores our ongoing commitment to making the most of limited financial resources and maintaining affordability for students, while continuing to invest in the leading-edge education and training programs that position residents for success in the New Economy.”

The project will update C Building on South Campus, which was initially built in two phases and completed in 1967 and 1969. The approximately  53,000-square-foot building houses business administration, information technology (IT), health and humanities programs.  While the building has undergone minor renovations, repairs and general maintenance over the years, all building systems are mechanically and electrically outdated, and technology and its use in the classroom were not even envisioned when the building was constructed in the late 1960s.  As a result, technology must be integrated into the building’s infrastructure to support the advanced systems necessary to effectively teach in today’s college classroom, including higher-end, specialized computer labs required for networking, information security and operating systems classes.

“Preserving and updating Macomb Community College’s facilities are critical to protecting and maintaining the community’s investment in a vital resource that provides training in high-demand career fields as well as an affordable start to a bachelor’s degree,” said Jacobs.

The renovations are scheduled to take place during 2015, with the improved version of C Building ready for classes in January 2016.   In addition to updating learning spaces and integrating technology into the building, the renovations will improve operational efficiency through modern heating and cooling, plumbing and lighting systems, as well as provide increased accessibility with a redesigned entrance and conformance with Americans with Disability Act regulations.

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to more than 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities. 

Media Contact: Jeanne Nicol; 586.445.7204 office; 248.459.9047 mobile; nicolj@macomb.edu

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