Higher Education and Lakeshore

College auctions surplus inventory

February 12, 2016
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A lot of adjustable metal stools is among the various items being auctioned by Muskegon Community College. Photo via orbitbid.com

A community college in the region is auctioning excess inventory after acquiring three urban buildings.

The Muskegon Community College, or MCC, Physical Plant department has contracted with Byron Center-based Orbitbid.com to host an online auction on Feb. 16 to sell surplus equipment and materials after the college remodeled several new campus spaces: the former Muskegon Chronicle, Masonic Temple and Lakeshore YMCA facilities.

The auction

The online auction will take place through Orbitbid.com from 8 a.m. until closing, starting at 6 p.m.

Orbitbid.com staff is anticipated to be on site in Muskegon at 981 Third St. with free wireless Internet access and to provide support during the bidding process.

Gerald Nylund, physical plant director at MCC, indicated the college used to hold relatively small annual surplus sales, but it hasn’t held one in the past three years, since there wasn't enough equipment to justify it.

“With the re-design of the biology, chemistry and physics areas, we generated a lot of surplus equipment,” Nylund said. “Plus, with the purchase of the Chronicle building, the Masonic Temple and the Lakeshore Fitness Center, we now have over 80,000 square feet of surplus items ranging from $5 and up.”

Auction items

The auction will feature a wide range of items: historic signs; an assortment of HVAC units; welders; utility and maintenance equipment; lab equipment; seating; restaurant equipment; office equipment; classroom desks; furnishings; racking; shop equipment; power and hand tools; hardware; electric motors; values and pumps; lockers; medical equipment; and a 16 foot loader-mount snowplow box with scraper blade and more.

MCC downtown expansion

To meet growing student demand, MCC has invested in a comprehensive infrastructure and redevelopment initiative budgeted at about $28.6 million.

In the downtown area, the college acquired the Muskegon Family YMCA, at 900 W. Western Ave. on Muskegon Lake, last fall for nearly $1.17 million to renovate the facility and potentially bring academic programming to the building.

MCC also acquired the former Muskegon Chronicle building and adjacent parking lot on Third Street to serve as the new MCC Downtown Center, which will house various programs: applied technology, computer aided design and manufacturing, engineering and electronics.

The college also received the neighboring Masonic Temple facility as a donation to be developed into The Rooks| Sarnicola Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. 

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