College opening $14.8M technology center
A college in the region is officially opening its new $14.81-million technology center next week.
The public is invited to join the grand-opening celebration of Muskegon Community College’s Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center in downtown Muskegon, at 388 W. Clay Ave.
The event takes place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Jan. 11, with remarks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for 5 p.m., followed by tours of the redeveloped building.
Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available in the college’s lot along Clay Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets.
MCC President Dale Nesbary will emcee the ceremony. Several speakers will make remarks, including MCC Board of Trustees Chair Donald Crandall and Peter Sturrus, who along with his wife Carolyn, made a $1.5-million donation in October to name the facility.
During the fall 2017 semester, MCC began offering classes in the Sturrus Technology Center’s few completed classrooms and labs.
The full 75,000-square-foot space will be in use starting when winter 2018 classes begin on Jan. 16.
Renovation work on the building began in the fall of 2016.
Tech center uses
The Sturrus Technology Center houses several applied technology programs: CAD; electronics and automation; engineering; machining; metal casting; materials; and welding.
The center also houses MCC’s Experiential Learning program, the Rooks Sarnicola Entrepreneur Institute, Lakeshore Fab Lab and Richard and Ann Kraft Rapid Prototype Center.
Satellite locations for both the MCC Bookstore and Best Financial Credit Union are also located at the center.
Firms on the project
Clark Construction Company served as the project’s contractor.