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.


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

Effective MAY 2019 - Project Completion


Now through Project Completion
  • Connector hallway between East/Science Wing and SOAR Center remains closed.
  • Wall installed between Room 120/Help Desk and elevator as soon as Library & Learning Services moves to a portable. Second floor access will only be available from the SOAR Center stairwell after the wall is installed.
Friday, May 3
  • All portables in place located in the parking lot immediately adjacent to the Technical Education Center.
    • All portables are handicap accessible and have heat/air conditioning.
    • Classroom specific portables meet classroom code requirements.
    • Portables house the Bookstore, Classrooms 240 & 241, Educational Talent Search, Faculty Offices, Library & Learning Services, Safety & Security, TRIO-SSS, and Veterans Resource Center.
Monday, May 6
  • Heating units disconnected throughout the main building.
  • Air Conditioning and Air Handler Circulating Units disconnected in the main building, except for 278-292 (CTE and Welding areas).
    • Please consider this change as you select your workplace wardrobe.
    • Goldberg Center and Cafeteria will have air conditioning until late June.
    • CTE and Welding renovations will be coordinated with occupant's schedules.
May 10 through August 25
  • Science Wing under construction.
    • No access to CTE internally.
Mid-May through October
  • Outdoor Education Center construction begins.
    • East end of East/Science Wing Parking Lot and one of the drives will be closed.
  • Automotive Lab, Howarth Wing, Goldberg Center, and Cafeteria unavailable, removal begins.
July through August
  • SOAR Center Flooring replaced and lighting updated and replaced.
  • Main Drive closed to through traffic.
    • To access Bookstore, Center for Medical Imaging Studies, Classrooms 240 & 241, East/Science Wing Entrance, Educational Talent Search, Faculty Offices, Library & Learning Services, Safety & Security, Shipping & Receiving, Technical Education Center, TRIO-SSS, and Veterans Resource Center students and visitors must use the South/Mannsiding Road Entrance.
    • To access Academic Advising, Academic Affairs, Administration, Admissions, Advancement & Outreach, Business Office, Cashier, Financial Aid, Foundation, Help Desk, Mentors, Registration & Records, and Strategic Communications students and visitors must use the West/Clare Avenue Entrance.

Parking Lots

Now through Project Completion
  • Lot immediately adjacent to Technical Education Center lot closed.
    • Portables housed in this lot.
  • East end of East/Science Wing lot and one of the drives closed for Outdoor Education Center construction.
  • Lot immediately adjacent to Cafeteria closed for construction crew coordination.


Now through Project Completion
  • SOAR Center Entrance
    • Academic Advising, Academic Affairs, Administration, Admissions, Advancement & Outreach, Business Office, Cashier, Financial Aid, Foundation, Help Desk, Mentors, Registration & Records, Strategic Communications
    • Wall installed between Room 120/Help Desk and elevator as soon as Library & Learning Services moves to portable/temporary trailer. Second floor access will only be available from the SOAR Center stairwell after the wall is installed.
  • East/Science Wing Entrance
    • May 13 through August 16: South Door allows access to E210 and E214.
    • Starting August 26: East Doors allow access to classrooms and faculty offices.
    • August 26 through Project Completion: South Door allows access to a direct route to portables.
  • North-East Entrance
    • May 13 through August 16: Allows access to 278-292 (CTE, Welding, and 278-279).
  • Center for Medical Imaging Studies and Technical Education Center are unaffected by the renovation project.


Renderings of the finished building are below.

Harrison Campus Rendering 1

Harrison Campus Rendering 2

Stay Informed

UPDATE 03.28.19

DRIVE CLOSURE Both entrances to the Harrison Campus are OPEN. The main drive, at the Howarth Wing overpass, is closed and will remain closed through part of or for the entirety of next week, through April 5. If you need to access resources on the east side of campus, please use the Mannsiding Road entrance. We apologize for the inconvenience.

UPDATE 03.27.19

Faculty/Staff Parking Lot will be closed beginning Monday, April 1 until the end of the project.

UPDATE 03.06.19

Renovations in Harrison are running on time, and they may be completed ahead of schedule! We’re excited that the next phase of construction will feature new and vibrant student spaces, bookstore, faculty offices, classrooms, and student collaboration spaces!

As Mid undergoes construction of these new areas, there will be disruption. Apologies for our dust as we work toward a bolder, brighter, better campus.

Beginning March 7, the second-floor hallway on the Harrison Campus will be closed from just outside the Bookstore's previous location to the Automotive Technology Lab stairway near Room 270. The hallway will remain closed until renovations are complete in 2020.

Beginning March 11, the first-floor hallway on the Harrison Campus, from Books & Beans to the previous student center, will be closed until renovations are complete.

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.

Back to the top