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Work on schedule for new MCC campus; $6M in new funding

Rochester Business Journal
March 3, 2015

Leaders in the development of Monroe Community College’s new downtown campus shared development progress Tuesday, announcing $6 million in additional finding and releasing designs for what they call a transformative campus serving students, employers and the community.

The campus is to be located at State Street and Morrie Silver Way, with Monroe County purchasing the property and awarding contracts for its design, construction and furnishings.

MCC and county officials noted the first phase of the project, which includes a complete renovation, is proceeding on schedule. The work, which includes asbestos abatement, utility separation, fire alarm decommissioning and sprinkler removal, is expected to be completed in the next couple of months.

The remaining work on the project will go to bid in the spring with the next phase of construction starting in the fall, MCC noted.

While this work has been going on, architect LaBella Associates has been leading sessions with key stakeholders to develop plans for the space, including classrooms and labs, officials said. The campus will have space for classrooms and labs as well as space for admissions, registration and financial aid support. A learning commons will combine library, computer lab and tutoring space.

The $6 million in additional funding came from grants and matching funds, and will be used to enhance the student and faculty experience on campus.

"As Monroe Community College's primary government sponsor, Monroe County has secured local and state funding, committed to the use of local labor, and is working to ensure the needs of all MCC students and staff are met," said County Executive Maggie Brooks. "Today’s announcement of $6 million in increased funding is a testament to the efforts of all stakeholders; yet one of the major accomplishments in this additional funding is the assurance that the local share of the project will not increase.

“Due to both grants and matching funds, the new downtown MCC campus will be able to stretch dollars even further to help turn the vision of the students and faculty into a reality.”

The campus will be home to the services and academic programs currently being offered at MCC’s Damon City Campus. It also will house the college’s Division of Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services.

 (c) 2015 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail service@rbj.net.


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