Montgomery County Community College Construction Update – May 2016

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.”

Health Sciences Center, Central Campus – Construction of the Health Sciences Center began in July 2015 and is approximately halfway completed. Phase II construction, which includes renovation of the existing gymnasium, began on May 10. The building is projected to open in January 2017.

To date, the exterior skin installation for the new gymnasium is mostly completed, and all concrete slabs have been placed. Interior framing is nearly completed on the second floor, and drywall installation is in progress. Roofing is nearly completed, as is exterior masonry on the building’s south and east sides. Mechanical ductwork and cable tray installation, as well as electrical, plumbing and fire protection work, is continuing throughout the facility. The installation of a fire service line will begin shortly.

Health Sciences Center construction

Southeast corner of building showing the installation of the weather barrier, masonry and window systems.

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. Following Board of Trustees authorization, the College entered into an Architect/Owner agreement for design services with PZS Architects.

PZS Architects held several meetings with the College’s faculty and staff in April and May to get input for the theater, performing arts and academic areas. The design team is now developing a building program based on faculty and staff input and the College’s academic plan. Once the building program is completed, the College will obtain a cost estimate and will engage in a budget/scope reconciliation process in order to finalize the project scope.

- Jaime Garrido and Alana J. Mauger