Construction is well ahead of schedule at Mid Michigan College and its Harrison campus, school officials say. Renovations of the campus, initially projected to completed by summer 2020, could now be completed as soon as January 2020.
A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held to celebrate the launch of the project.
"This investment in our Harrison Campus is an investment in our mission--to develop knowledge and ability that empowers learners and transforms communities," says Christine Hammond, President of Mid Michigan College.
"We’re building a facility that meets the needs of tomorrow’s learners while also honoring the legacy of this incredible campus facility and grounds."
The ensuing $12 million investment from the college will result in a smaller, more efficient campus, officials say. The new campus footprint will be 40,000 sq. ft. smaller than its current iteration, saving the school money in utility costs.
Improvements, however, are numerous.
The biggest chunk of the renovation budget is dedicated to replacing campus HVAC and Air Handling systems, representing $8.4 million of the project’s total budget.
There is the creation of a student union, which will include a fitness center, food pantry, help desk, student lounge, study areas, and veteran’s resource center.
Improvements are planned for the library, learning labs, and campus grounds. Career-technical students taking classes at the College through the Clare-Gladwin RESD will enjoy a dedicated wing, all to themselves.
Officials project the renovations to extend the life of the Harrison campus by 20 to 30 years.
"Mid has always been a careful steward of the investment that our community members make in us, and through this project, we ensure that Mid remains a vibrant community asset for decades to come," says Hammond.
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