MCC one step closer to new Science Laboratory Center

The Michigan Senate overwhelmingly approved a supplemental appropriations bill on Wednesday that moves Muskegon Community College (MCC) one step closer to construction of a $9 million science center.

House Bill 4112 includes a placeholder that authorizes MCC to develop planning documents for a 25,000-square-foot Science Laboratory Center.

“Muskegon Community College is providing a renewed and revitalized focus on science and technology instruction in higher education,” said Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart. “They cannot be expected to lead in this area with outdated and worn-out facilities. Their new Science Laboratory Center will fix that. It will enrich the lives of students, faculty and the greater community.”

The Science Laboratory Center will be a two-level addition to MCC’s current science wing, located on the northwest side of the main campus, Hansen said. It will aid students in their study of astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, physical science and geology.

The total cost for the project is $9,293,670; MCC will be responsible for 50 percent of that cost. State funding for the project is expected in a future appropriations bill, once the Legislature authorizes construction.

HB 4112 now heads back to the House for concurrence and then on to the governor for his signature.