January 22, 2013
BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Students at the Lake Michigan College Bertrand Crossing campus in Niles will soon enjoy a fresh look to part of their classroom environment. On Tuesday, the College’s Board of Trustees approved a construction bid of $904,800 from Shelton Construction Company to complete a renovation of a portion of the facility. With the addition of new science equipment and furnishings, the total cost of the project will be $1.5 million.
The Benton Harbor-based company will begin renovation of 7,400-square-feet of existing space at the end of January. The work will include converting current technology space into two science labs, associated prep space, and study areas to a level comparable to that of recently renovated science areas on the Napier Avenue campus. Both science labs will have data projection capabilities as well as 3-D projection units. This change will nearly double the space at the site devoted to the sciences, and bring the latest in learning technology to the campus.
“This renovation to the Bertrand Crossing campus science labs recognizes the value of having a strong science curriculum to prepare students for new and exciting careers in today’s economy,” stated Barbara Craig, executive dean of the Bertrand Crossing campus. “We are thrilled that soon we will be offering our students classroom space designed for group learning and filled with the latest college-level science equipment.”
The existing science labs will be converted into two general purpose classrooms with two quiet study rooms. They will be separated by a soundproof, moveable wall that when opened creates a large meeting hall capable of handling audiences of 130 people. The breakout rooms flanking both classrooms will each be capable of accommodating groups of 8 to 10 people. Each classroom and both breakout rooms will be furnished with large monitor screens for data projection.
The project was designed by Progressive Architects/Engineers of Grand Rapids. The new science labs are expected to be complete by the end of April, while the new classrooms and meeting rooms will be ready for the start of the Fall 2013 semester. Through a phased construction plan, class delivery will not be disrupted at the campus.