Montcalm Community College Greenville Campus construction project on schedule

By Daily News • Last Updated 12:10 pm on Friday, July 20, 2012

The Montcalm Community College Greenville campus construction is on schedule and on budget. Following the completion of the steel framing, the next step will be to install steel joists, steel decking and steel studs. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — Construction of the advance technology center on Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) Greenville Campus is on schedule and on budget.

Once the steel framing is in place, constructions will begin on steel joists, followed by steel decking and steel studs, MCC Vice President for Administrative Services Jim Lantz said in a press release from MCC.

“The concrete work is done and steel is going up,” said MCC President Bob Ferrentino in the release. “We are making good progress. Everything is on track for us.”

The 17,095-square-foot building will be for students pursuing health careers and advanced technology training.

Contractors broke ground for construction in May for the building located on the former home of the Montcalm County 4-H Fair.

“With our evolving global economy, businesses and industries in the area need support for advanced training,” Ferrentino said in a press release. “This project is more than bricks and mortar. We are working on partnerships that will bring increased access to higher education to our Greenville campus.”

Features in the new building will include technology labs for advanced manufacturing applications, flexible classrooms for access to university-level courses, community areas featuring computer stations for student and public use, inviting spaces to conduct informal meetings and wireless high-speed Internet connection.

MCC’s Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) also is receiving renovations during the construction process.

The upgrades include remodeling some classrooms and computer labs. The renovations are expected to be done within the month.

Once construction is complete, people will be able to access the new campus through Yellow Jacket Drive. With the help of state Sen. Judy Emmons and state Rep. Rick Outman, the school received $200,000 from the state to extend the drive.

“They went to bat for us for funding for the extension of the road,” Ferrentino said in a press release. “That $200,000 is certainly going to help us as we complete the project.”

The college has been awarded more than $2.7 million in state of Michigan capital outlay funds. With this investment, MCC, the MCC Foundation and its philanthropic partners are half way to funding the $5.4 million project.

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