July 9, 2013
BENTON HARBOR, MI – On Tuesday, the Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees and LMC President Dr. Robert Harrison broke ground for the construction of the first student housing facility on the College’s Napier Avenue Campus.
In his comments to the group of about 100 people gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony, Harrison said, “On-campus living will energize the College community and the region by increasing enrollment, encouraging recent high school graduates to stay close to home, and attracting students from outside the region to unique programs such as energy production and healthcare. This landmark promises to be another demonstration that LMC is the heart of learning in our corner of Michigan.”
The three-story housing complex will provide private rooms in two- or four-person suites, with in-suite kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities, and the latest technological resources. Located adjacent to the track and near on-campus entertainment at the Mendel Center, community amenities will include a beach volleyball court and Frisbee golf course, a student courtyard, lounges, and study spaces.
Board of Trustees Chair, Dr. David Maysick commented, “This project is an important and exciting new adventure for LMC that will benefit the students, the community, and the entire College.”
The College’s director of student life, Pam McVay, also addressed attendees and spoke of the impact on-campus housing will have on students.
“Students come to Lake Michigan College for a variety of reasons. For some, it is the next logical choice, for some it is fulfilling their dream. Some are starting over, and some are pursuing what feels like their heart’s longing. Today, we are adding the opportunity to enjoy ‘living and learning’ both at LMC as yet another reason students will come to our college. Our community’s young men and women will have the chance to experience independent living, while still being close to their community and families,” stated McVay.
The $8 million facility will be financed through bonds to be repaid with housing fees paid by the residents over 30 years. LMC chose Student Suites, a developer from Independence, Missouri, that specializes in planning on-campus housing for two-year colleges. Student Suites conducted a market survey that justified construction of at least 300 to 350 rooms. The current facility will include 200 units, and can be expanded at a later date.
Hollis + Miller Architects, with offices in Overland Park, Kansas, and Lee's Summit, Missouri, designed the building. Construction begins this week and will be completed by fall of 2014.
Members of the Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees, LMC President Dr. Robert Harrison, and Student Life Director Pam McVay break ground on the new student housing project at the College’s Napier Avenue Campus on Tuesday.