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Twelve million dollar renovation underway at Mid Michigan College campus in Harrison

Harrison Campus Renovation
Mid Michigan Community College

The Harrison Campus of Mid Michigan College is currently undergoing $12 million in renovations to make it more energy efficient.


Funding for the project comes from the investments from the college and the state.


About $8 million of the project will fund improvements to mechanical infrastructure such as the heating and cooling systems.


The Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications for Mid Michigan College, Jessie Gordon, said the renovations have not raised tuition for students and that fees remain the same as prior to the project.


“We plan our savings far in advance, understanding that technologies need to be replaced and buildings need to be updated,” Gordon said.


She said the renovations were expected because the mechanical systems are outdated.


“This really is a moment where these systems are imperative for the campus to keeps its doors open that they be replaced and that they be upgraded.”


Gordon said the changes may put their campus on top as one of the most energy efficient community colleges in the state.


The rest of the project is dedicated to student life. The campus will add outdoor areas and reorganize the building’s layouts to be more efficient.


“What we have heard so far is that students have been looking for better places to gather and meet,” Gordon said. “(Students) have been looking to feel like feeling like a more cohesive campus group. We really took a lot of those things into account as we did the space layout of the building.”


The project is expected to be completed by January of 2020.

Tess DeGayner is a student reporter for WCMU News. She is a senior at Central Michigan University studying Journalism and Broadcasting. Her hometown is Fenton, Michigan.