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LCC to Invest 67 Million to Improve College Learning Environment for 21st Century

LANSING 7/31/12 – Lansing Community College will spend $67 million over the next 30 months to transform teaching and learning on campus in ways that will benefit students for decades to come. The project involves significant renovation of some campus buildings and the expansion of critical learning spaces to help meet demand for training.

The $67 million will be financed through $10 million in capital outlay funds from the state, $1.3 from LCC Foundation capital funds, college designated funds of $11.4 million, and $45 million from a bond issuance.  With LCC on strong financial footing, underscored by Standard & Poor’s recent affirmation of the college’s AA bond rating and Moody’s reaffirmation of our Aa2 rating, and with interest rates at historic lows, college leaders say this is the perfect time to issue bonds. The project will not put additional burden on the College’s operating budget because the capital and debt service commitment will not exceed the amount the college has spent over the last three years.

“These projects are all about the students,” said LCC Board of Trustees Chair Larry Meyer. “Whether it’s a building renovation that will create new and dynamic teaching, learning, and support environments or library improvements, our students are the beneficiaries of this transformative vision.”

According to LCC President Brent Knight, the projects use research-based design principles that prioritize student engagement, achievement, and well-being.  “We know that students who are engaged in campus life are more likely to successfully complete their academic programs, “he said. “The renovations provide comfortable and inviting spaces designed to encourage social interaction that integrates students into the campus community.”

Knight also noted that the projects position LCC as a leader in community college education. For example, new labs will rival any in the nation for the teaching of science at the freshman and sophomore levels.

The projects will create nearly 900 construction jobs with an economic impact between $360 and $490 million.

Projects include:

Arts & Sciences Building renovation – Work is already underway to transform the 40-year-old building into a 21st century student-centered learning facility with more science classrooms, general education classrooms, and chemistry and biology labs. Cost: $31 million (Includes $9.975 million from a State of Michigan Capital Outlay appropriation)

Gannon Building renovation – The project will create open, inviting spaces for students that connect them with the resources and support they need to achieve their learning goals. It includes creating a student commons/food court and a one-stop student services center that brings together admissions, enrollment, registration, academic advising and counseling. Structural updates will be made to replace a leaking glass wall/roofing system and inefficient heating and cooling systems, among other things. Cost: $18.3 million

Campus improvements – This project includes acquisition and improvements of Parking Lot #2 (previously owned by the City of Lansing) and the corner of Capitol Avenue and Saginaw Street, which will be transformed into an attractive, park-like entry to the college and downtown . Cost: $5.4 million

Mackinaw Building, West Campus and Mason Jewett Airport renovations – Another project already underway, this involves increasing and enlarging classrooms in the Mackinaw Building for The Early College and High School Diploma Completion Initiative;  expanding facilities for teaching Computer Information Technology and Commercial Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning at West Campus; and completing the upgrade and expansion of the Aviation Maintenance program at a facility at Mason Jewett Airport. Cost: $5.3 million

New ID card system – Funding will be provided for the conversion of the outdated Star Card and the Higher One card into a single card with enhanced security, identification, and financial aid and overpayment refund capability. Cost: $1.5 million

Health and Human Services completion – The third floor of the building was not completed during the initial construction. This project includes the design and construction of unfinished, unoccupied space to provide much-needed conference and collaboration space. Cost: $1.2 million

Expansion of Welding and Building Construction labs at West Campus – Current demand and projected program growth require renovations and the expansion of laboratory space for these two programs, which this project will deliver. Cost: $1.1 million

Improvements to the Library learning environment and technology – The project addresses needs in the library learning environment and the desire to create dynamic spaces that facilitate teaching, learning, and the use of technology resources. Cost: $500,000

Herrmann House renovation – This project includes necessary renovations for the continued use of the building.  This includes removal of hazardous materials and updating mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural systems to comply with current building and safety codes and to meet historical designation requirements. Project costs were adjusted after early work on the project revealed significant termite damage and other problems. Cost: $300,000

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