Montgomery County Community College’s Office of Facilities and Construction, in coordination with the Office of Marketing and Communications, provides a monthly update on campus construction projects and activities. The update meets the College’s strategic goals to “develop an engaged community” and to “create a sense of place to support learning.”
Campus Trail Plan and Design, Central Campus – The College’s Master Plan through 2022 proposes a trail system through Central Campus that connects with the larger Whitpain Township trail system. The Township’s Core Phase-One trail from Penllyn Park in Lower Gwynedd to MCCC will be completed this fall. Core Phase-Two will connect MCCC to Wentz Run Park.
On April 18, the Board of Trustees authorized the College to pursue grant funding from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to complete the plans and specifications for developing a Central Campus trail system. The project will be completed in multiple phases, and the College will purse grant funding for each phase.
Health Sciences Center, Central Campus – Construction of the Health Sciences Center began in July 2015 and is close to halfway completed. Phase II construction, which includes renovation of the existing gymnasium, is slated to begin in mid-May. The building is projected to open in January 2017.
To date, steel erection for the new gymnasium is near completion, and interior framing on the second floor existing portion of the building is largely completed. Installation of exterior sheathing along the east side of the building addition is also mostly completed. Electrical, plumbing and fire protection work is in progress throughout the facility, and the installation of HVAC ductwork is underway in existing and new areas of the building on both the first and second floors.
On May 13, the College will hold an Health Science Center Furniture Design Charrette Open House from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Parkhouse Hall Innovation Lab. The College community is invited to review and provide feedback on design concepts and proposed furniture.
Science Center, Central Campus – Comprehensive renovation of the Science Center is included in the College’s Facilities Master Plan through 2022. The renovation calls for upgrading current lab spaces and repurposing health science spaces into general-purpose classrooms or additional lab space. The Board of Trustees authorized the College to negotiate and enter into an Architect/Owner agreement for design services with PZS Architects. The next step is to schedule a kickoff meeting with the project steering committee and design team with the goal of outlining an overall project plan and programming for the facility.
Sustainability and Innovation Hub, West Campus – The College celebrating the opening of the Sustainability and Innovation Hub on April 18, culminating six years of work at the 140 College Drive site. The facility includes lab space for aquaponics and hydroponics, an engineering design center featuring 3D printing and a flexible innovation space that will house the College’s Software Developer Academy.
- Jaime Garrido and Alana J. Mauger