Macomb Community College Begins $40M Renovation of Skilled Trade and Tech Center

Macomb Community College (MCC) has announced the beginning of a $40 million renovation of its Skilled Trade and Technology Center at the school’s south campus in Warren. The building, originally built in 1968, will be expanded and reopen for the fall 2023 semester.
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Macomb Community College started a $40 million renovation its Skilled Trade and Technology Center at its south campus in Warren. // Rendering Courtesy of Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College started a $40 million renovation its Skilled Trade and Technology Center at its south campus in Warren. // Rendering Courtesy of Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (MCC) has announced the beginning of a $40 million renovation of its Skilled Trade and Technology Center at the school’s south campus in Warren. The building, originally built in 1968, will be expanded and reopen for the fall 2023 semester.

The 110,000-square-foot building will add 20,000 square feet of educational and lab space from a 12,000-square-foot addition and a repurposing of currently underutilized space. Nearly $15 million of the total project cost is being funded through a capital outlay appropriation from the state of Michigan, with the remaining $25 million coming from the college’s capital projects fund.

“With today’s growing workforce talent gap, preparing residents for highly skilled jobs in the region has never been more important,” says James O. Sawyer IV, president of MCC. “Macomb Community College is committed to connecting residents to jobs with futures that can sustain families, and to expanding the talent pipeline to local business and industry.

“Renovation of Macomb’s Skilled Trades and Technology Center is not only an important step in expanding our capacity for apprenticeships and meeting fast-evolving industry needs, but also demonstrates the college’s dedication to employing the most cost-effective solutions, including repurposing buildings, when possible, versus pursuing new construction.”

Several programs — including CNC machining, electronics, land surveying, robotics, welding, and more — are taught in the center, which features classroom, lab, faculty, and student spaces. The renovation will bring the building up to date both with the teaching technology and design language.

Classroom and lab spaces of intersecting fields are situated near each other emulating the interconnectedness of modern industry, such as the relationship of robotics to mechatronics, and clay modeling/digital sculpting to product design. Faculty from all program areas will be in one area to facilitate a close working relationship among disciplines.

New student spaces also have been incorporated in the renovation to encourage them to gather and engage, supporting development of soft skills such as communication, collaboration and problem-solving.

The building’s new infrastructure is not only designed for current equipment and IT networking needs to connect classrooms and labs, but also provides flexibility to accommodate future advances in cyber-physical systems. Upgrades in the building’s environment also replicate modern industrial settings, replacing poorly lit, closed-in areas with bright, inviting spaces featuring windows and natural light, and correcting the imbalance in restrooms that were primarily designated for men.

“Macomb’s renovated Skilled Trades and Technology Center will provide an unparalleled teaching and learning environment to prepare our students for a successful and smooth transition to roles in high-demand manufacturing, technology and skilled trades jobs,” says Don Hutchison, dean of engineering and advanced technology at MCC.

During the renovation, the programs normally located in the Skilled Trades and Technology Center are being held in other MCC buildings and in leased space in Clinton Township.

Hobbs and Black Architects is the architectural firm for the project, and Barton Marlow is the construction management firm.

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