College opening $14.1M health and wellness center


Courtesy Muskegon Community College

A college is opening a new 52,000-square-foot health and wellness center in the region.

Muskegon Community College is hosting a grand opening at noon on Nov. 27 for its new $14.1-million Health and Wellness Center, at 221 S. Quarterline Rd.

The wellness center will open for students in January 2019, MCC said.

Built on one level, the facility will house a variety of offerings: the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department; medical assistant program; Athletic Department office; and a modern health simulation lab for MCC students in nursing, respiratory therapy and medical assistant programs.

The 3,000-square-foot health simulation lab, operated by the MCC Allied Health Department, will contain four simulation stations, a debriefing room with seating for 12 to 14 people and various support spaces.

The center will also feature several collaborative learning spaces, large and small classrooms, faculty offices, a multi-purpose room, a regulation wood floor gymnasium, a one-tenth mile indoor track and a fitness center.

Inside the center will also be a 4,000-square-foot family medicine clinic by Mercy Health Physician Partners.

The clinic will provide care for residents in the under-served 49442 area of Muskegon and offer MCC nursing and medical assistant students, as well as Grand Valley State University nursing students opportunities to earn required clinical hours.

The clinic space will include eight exam rooms, a treatment room and a lab. It will accommodate three nurse practitioners, as well as support staff.

Funding for the center came from a $6.1-million millage, $5.6 million from the state and a $2.4-million bond. 

The architect on the project was The Collaborative out of Toledo, Ohio.

The project’s contractor was Lansing-based Clark Construction Company.

The need for a wellness building was identified in MCC’s 2010 facility master plan, which also includes the MCC Science Center that opened in 2015, the Sturrus Technology Center that opened in 2017 and the Arts and Humanities Center opening next year.

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