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Renovated Macomb Community College building on South Campus provides increased operational efficiencies while improving learning experiences for students

– Monday, January 25, 2016 10:00AM

Renovated Macomb Community College building on South Campus provides increased operational efficiencies while improving learning experiences for students

Macomb Community College’s newly renovated C Building on its South Campus in Warren has re-opened with the start of winter semester.  The $8.5 million renovation of the 48-year-old building was funded with $4.25 million from the State of Michigan, along with a match by the college through its capital projects fund.  While state capital outlay appropriations are typically sought to support new construction projects, Macomb’s focus on renovation is designed to maximize the impact of fiscal resources while preserving the investment the community has made in the college’s infrastructure.  

“Macomb Community College is committed to be a good steward of the resources that the community entrusts us with,” said James Jacobs, PhD, president, Macomb Community College. “While making the most of limited funds, maintaining affordable tuition and continuing to invest in leading-edge education and training to connect our students to sustainable careers may seem to be incompatible priorities, Macomb makes this work, relying on the power of collaboration to stretch use of resources and magnify results.”  

Overall, the 60,000-square-foot building’s electrical upgrades have reduced its energy consumption by approximately 60 percent.  Improvements made to maximize efficiency include variable frequency controllers on the air handling unit, demand-control ventilation carbon dioxide sensors in classrooms, a variable frequency controller for hot water heating and chilled water system pumps, and high-efficiency bathroom fixtures that reduce water consumption. The new windows installed in the building improve glass energy performance by up to 30 percent as compared to current commercial building energy standards and reduce internal glare.  

The programs housed in the building are business administration, information technology (IT), health and humanities programs. From a teaching and learning perspective, the renovations focused on creating meaningful improvements in classrooms and labs, facilitating student engagement and collaboration, and supporting faculty interaction and teamwork.  

“Providing effective and relevant learning experiences is at the heart of everything that Macomb Community College does,’” said James Sawyer, provost and senior vice president, Learning Unit, Macomb Community College. “As we plan for necessary updates to outdated infrastructure, we are also continually assessing the opportunities to enhance how we can structure the college’s environment to better deliver education to advance student success.”  

Some highlights of the renovation include:

  • New IT labs supporting curriculum enhancements in networking, operation systems and cybersecurity to prepare students for current needs in these fast-moving and growing fields
  • New business classrooms with infrastructure incorporating a broader use of technology
  • Business labs configured to be more reflective of actual work environments
  • Large, open labs designed to accommodate hands-on work for fine arts programs
  • Customized classroom and lab for speech communications program
  • Foreign language labs with integrated computers that provide both supplemental instruction and skills practice
  • Health labs for hands-on training in entry level health careers such as certified nursing assistant, laboratory assistant, phlebotomy technician and medical coder

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is 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.

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