College opens $9M art and music building


Courtesy MCC

A college in the region has finished a $9 million project to establish an art and music center.

Muskegon Community College has finished renovations to establish a dedicated art and music building, which formerly housed applied technology programs. The 41,957-square-foot building is on the main campus, at 221 S. Quarterline Rd., adjacent to the Stevenson Center and the Outdoor Learning Center.

For the past half century, music has been housed in the lower floor of the MCC Frauenthal Fine Arts Center, while art classes have been taught in a converted pole barn in an MCC parking lot.

“This renovation is a leap forward for these programs in more usable and inspiring spaces to create and perform art and music,” said Daniel Rinsema-Sybenga, director of business and industry training for MCC.

About 500 students per semester will use the space.

The art and music building features a window-lined student lounge, which overlooks the Outdoor Learning Center and is positioned at the confluence of the art and music wings.

Inside the music wing, spaces include an acoustical medium ensemble room with a practice area for up to 60 performers; a keyboard lab; three acoustically controlled teaching suites; six individual sound-controlled practice rooms; student instrument storage lockers; a music library room; and a college instrument storage room.

An unfinished large ensemble room will provide practice space for 90 players and the ability to allow two groups to rehearse at the same time.

The art wing encompasses a 3-D art studio for sculpture students; a painting studio; an advanced drawing studio; a printmaking studio; a ceramics studio; a kiln room with three kilns for firing ceramics; a woodshop; a vented spray booth; a tiered lecture and viewing classroom; faculty offices; an open studio for students; a matting and collection room; and an art supply room.

Renovations began in fall 2018.

Lansing-based Clark Construction Company was the general contractor on the project. Grand Rapids-based Progressive AE was the architect and interior designer.

A capital project millage passed in 2013 paid for the construction. 

MCC will celebrate the building’s grand opening from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23. The event is free and open to the public.

Visitors should park in the Stevenson Center east entrance parking lot and enter the building through the Stevenson Center.

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony and donor wall reveal, attendees can tour the facility.

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