Brooks and Kress were joined by Legislature President Jeff Adair, MCC’s executive dean Joel Frater, and other local and state officials at a press the conference Tuesday. According to Brooks, the milestone marks significant progress made on the campus, which is scheduled to open for the fall 2017 semester.
“A new state-of-the-art downtown campus is something I’ve supported since the first day I took office as county executive, and I am thrilled to be moving forward on a campus that will stand as a testament to our community’s dedication to local students, and higher education,” she stated. “I would like to thank all the project partners for efficiently advancing this important project to ensure its opening in the fall of 2017.”
According to Brooks, to date, work at the site has been focused on preparing the building for complete renovation. Phase I of the project began in December 2014, with DiMarco Constructors overseeing asbestos abatement, utility separation, fire alarm decommissioning and sprinkler removal, as well as other infrastructure work. Project architect LaBella Associates has also led sessions with key stakeholders to develop plans for the space.
Phase II improvements will encompass the complete renovation of the buildings, and creation of the campus classrooms, labs, offices, as well as additional electrical and mechanical work.
The county is the lead funder on the $78 million project, in partnership with MCC, and awarded $43.7 million in construction contracts for phase two of the new campus last month. The new, 255,000-square-foot campus will be housed in several existing buildings owned by Eastman Kodak Company at 321 State St, officials said.
“We could not have reached this significant milestone in the construction of our downtown campus without the tireless dedication and collaboration of many individuals,” Kress stated. “I want to especially thank the Monroe County leadership, the Monroe County Legislature, DiMarco Constructors, and LaBella Associates for their tremendous support in moving the project to this stage. I also wish to thank the MCC community, and Mayor Warren for their ongoing belief in, and support for our new downtown campus. The vision we have for the downtown campus is clear: to provide a dynamic, innovative and welcoming learning environment that reflects the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of our students. We are committed to meeting the needs and expectations of our community, and to completing this project within budget. We look forward to opening the doors for students in fall 2017.”