Harrison Campus Renovations, 2018-2020

Project At-A-Glance

Mid Michigan College will invest $12 Million to improve its existing learning and student spaces through renovation of the College’s Harrison campus. The College will reduce the Harrison Campus’ footprint, which will improve efficiencies, create a more student-friendly atmosphere by beautifying facilities and outdoor spaces, create student gathering and co-curricular spaces, address infrastructure and mechanical system issues, and improve campus safety and security.


Driveway blocked. Use appropriate entrance.

Until construction cleanup is completed in the center of campus, guests should use the drive and parking lot appropriate to their destination. For all classrooms and classroom-related activities, guests should use the Mannsiding entrance. Student services, including admissions, mentoring and advising, cashier, registration, and financial aid are located in the SOAR center. Guests looking to access these services should use the S. Clare entrance.

Renovations in Harrison are running on time, and may be completed ahead of schedule! As renovations continue there will be disruption. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as a bolder, brighter, better campus is created. Please see the notes below to determine which entrance is appropriate for your destination.

Estimated Project Completion Date: January 2020

PROJECT RENDERINGS & new floor plans

Renderings of the finished building and floor plans are below.

Harrison Campus Rendering 1

Harrison Campus Rendering 2

Harrison Campus - First Floor - Floor Plan

Harrison Campus - Second Floor - Floor Plan

Download Harrison Campus - Floor Plans PDF (05.21.19, Hobbs+Black Architects)

A quick video overview of this project is below.


Better for Students

Significant research on student retention and completion demonstrates that students are more successful when they connect to others and engage in activities beyond course taking.

The Campus renovation will promote engagement in co-curricular activities through construction of a student union, which will house a veterans resource center, student life spaces, food pantry, help desk, study areas, a fitness center, and a student lounge. These are features that either don’t exist or exist without relation to one another in the Campus’ current configuration. The new student union will adjoin the Campus’ library and learning labs, which will also be updated to better serve students.

Improvements to Campus grounds will also emphasize engagement by offering new outdoor learning and socializing areas.

The renovation will include a dedicated wing for career-technical (CTE) students taking classes at the College through the Clare-Gladwin RESD (CGRESD). The College is committed to supporting local K-12 systems by providing them an improved learning center. In partnership with the CGRESD, the College’s automotive program will share space with CTE students at its new Magnus Center.

Better Space Management

Enrollment patterns are changing, and the College has seen on-campus course-taking decline and online enrollment surge. Enrollment in classes at the Harrison Campus has decreased by 44.7% since Fall 2012, while enrollment in online courses has increased by 30%. The new Campus layout matches classroom spaces with demand and provides upgrades in technology that supports connected and cyber learning.

Harrison and online enrollment patterns

Enrollment and room scheduling models indicate that the rescaled campus will provide 1,029 seats in the main classroom building, which would accommodate up to 25% more enrollment in Harrison credits.

Students will also benefit from reorganized classrooms and labs, which concentrate learning spaces around career pathways. Skilled trade learning labs will be consolidated in the Technical Education Center, while health careers and science labs will be unified in the main building’s east wing.

Better Efficiency = Better Stewardship

This project reflects a scaled back variation of the Master Plan’s recommendations, while ensuring that the College responds to the urgent need to replace failing HVAC and Air Handling systems. Should these systems fail, the Campus will be largely unusable. Investments in these systems alone will cost $8.4 Million of the total investment.

The sections of the Campus slated for removal are particularly inefficient and / or operating on separate mechanical systems that would add significant costs to replace. The new footprint will save the College money by consolidating the Campus’ mechanical and electrical systems, and eliminating energy-wasting areas.

When renovations are complete, the rescaled Campus will be 40,000 square feet smaller than at present.

Outcomes, Expectations, and Metrics


Systems and facilities are replaced and upgraded to extend the life of the Harrison Campus by 20-30 years while invigorating its most important facilities. Learning environments are improved to support better student success. Co-curricular and student engagement spaces are constructed to facilitate more student-to-student interaction and greater involvement. Increased efficiencies save on operational costs that will be reinvested into academic program, student, and community development.


  • New electrical and mechanical systems and controls will increase campus efficiency, yielding considerable annual savings and creating a more sustainable and green campus. An itemization of these changes are below.
    • Lights: Interior and exterior lighting will be converted to LED, leading to fewer fixtures with no loss of brightness. Projected savings of 2/3 current lighting costs.
    • Science lab fume hoods and ventilation systems will be replaced, saving up to 90% of the energy loss during non-use.
    • A new building management system will have automatic controls to conserve energy, including occupancy sensors for heating and lighting and daylight harvesting sensors. These controls will dramatically reduce the amount of time systems run while not in use.
    • The new campus footprint will consolidate heating and cooling systems into one plant each. Currently, the campus runs on 2 separate chiller systems, along with a number of rooftop cooling units. The new chiller system will be the most efficient on the market, a magnetic bearing system, which will yield the College an upfront $90,000 rebate from Consumer's Energy, along with significant annual savings.
  • A new building entrance and student union will concentrate student spaces for better engagement and involvement.
  • New parking lot lighting and interior lighting, security systems, and controls will improve overall campus safety and security.
  • New outdoor learning and gathering spaces will promote greater use and appreciation of the campus.
  • The Campus' smaller footprint will concentrate students in common areas, creating a more vibrant atmosphere.

Evaluation Process and Metrics

Successfully achieving the objectives of this project will yield the following results.

  • Annual energy and electrical costs will go down considerably; savings will be reinvested in student and academic offerings.
  • Electrical and gas company rebates in the first year will assist in paying for new construction, renovations, and mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Facility usage will improve, resulting in a greater occupancy rate and use-percentage during hours of operation.
  • Student activities and interactions will increase because of the new campus union and overall building layout--particularly because foot traffic will re-route through student life and veteran services areas.
  • Student satisfaction of the campus environment will improve on future RNL surveys.
  • Student satisfaction with campus safety will improve on future RNL surveys.

Project FAQ's

Below are the questions that have been submitted through the form below, along with their answers. Answers are provided by various stakeholders who have close knowledge of the project and may involve a slight delay as we collect information.

A Note on Asbestos Abatement

On December 21, 2018 Mid-State Asbestos Removal Inc.(M.A.R.) was contracted by Mid Michigan College to conduct a Pre Demolition/Pre Renovation Asbestos Inspection Survey at Mid Michigan College, 1375 S. Clare Ave., Harrison, MI.

The purpose of the Pre-Demolition/Pre-Renovation Asbestos Inspection Survey is to identify Asbestos Containing Building Materials (ACBM’S) that may be impacted during demolition/renovation activities in areas indicated on drawings issued.

107 bulk samples were collected throughout all accessible areas. This was in addition to 67 samples that were collected in October 2017. All samples were collected in accordance with AHERA guidelines. Sample locations selected are representative of the entire survey area.

Random sampling protocol was used to determine sample collection locations. Samples of Suspect Asbestos Containing Building Materials (SACBM’S) encountered during this survey were collected and submitted to San Air Technologies Laboratory for analysis.

Chain-of-Custody guidelines were followed to ensure proper handling and delivery of the samples. The S.A.C.B.M. samples were analyzed using Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) with dispersion staining in accordance with EPA/600R-93/116.

During the removal process all areas impacted were sealed off from the public to restrict access to only certified Abatement personnel. These areas were in the older parts of the building and primarily in the mastic that was used under the original vinyl floor tile and in the drywall of the Howarth Wing. No Asbestos was found in the SOAR section of the building.

M.A.R., a qualified environmental company and an experienced licensed abatement contractor removed the asbestos that was identified in the Asbestos Survey, a third party monitoring company performed the air quality testing/monitoring. The abatement contractor takes care of all the paperwork to document proper storage and disposal, and then an environmental company performs the final air clearance report.

If you would like additional information regarding asbestos and its removal, contact Joe Myers at jlmyers@midmich.edu.

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