The state Legislature approved a $9.975 million investment in Lansing Community College, which will help LCC transform the 40-year-old Arts & Sciences Building into a progressive, cutting-edge student learning facility that will increase the number of science labs, accommodate enrollment growth, and enrich learning by giving faculty the environment in which to teach in new laboratories that will rival the best undergrad labs in the nation. LCC will be responsible for matching the state dollars.
LCC chose to renovate an existing building instead of constructing a new building, saving some 50 percent in construction costs.
The project will renovate 151,000 sq ft of existing building to increase the number of science classrooms, laboratories and general classrooms to meet the growing enrollment in science and general education programs. The goal is to equip students to compete intellectually, physically and emotionally in junior and senior level courses at other colleges and universities.
Construction itself will occur in phases beginning with the south end of the 1st and 2nd floors. That phase will be completed by spring 2013 when the second construction phase begins.
The entire project is scheduled to be finished in time for the Fall 2013 semester.