Photo of the new West Hall Innovation Center and Library

Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center

The Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center project combined state investments of more than $7 million for important renovations and modernizations of the 50-year-old West Hall building with NMC-funded investments of more than $7 million to create a 54,000-square-foot, multi-story library and flexible learning space. It incorporates innovative and transformative learning environments and multiple academic and simulation spaces.The building also houses Campus Safety & Security, Dining Services including the Hawk Owl Cafe and Northwest Grind, Educational Media Technologies, the Technology Help Desk and the WNMC 90.7 FM college radio station. It opened in the summer of 2020 for the Fall 2020 semester.

NMC celebrated the building's opening with a livestreamed ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. View a photo gallery from the ceremony here and a video here.

The project received extensive campus and community input, including 270 comments during a campus-wide opening conference and 17 user group workshops. It also won the support of state legislators including Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, and Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City.

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View a floor plan PDF

  • Highlighted areas indicate rooms that can be reserved by NMC employees.
  • Numbers in highlighted areas indicate room and furniture layout capacity.

In the News

NMC Innovation Center has soft opening

TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE
July 20, 2020

Construction to reopen May 7th in Michigan

UPNORTHLIVE.COM
April 29, 2020

NMC Innovation Center moving forward
Eight bids approved by Board of Trustees

TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE
February 27, 2019

Bids approved for NMC's Innovation Center
Project set for spring 2020 completion

TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE
November 21, 2018

NMC recognizes old, new buildings on campus

UPNORTHLIVE.COM
September 25, 2018

NMC Breaks Ground on $14 Million West Hall Innovation Center Project

9&10 NEWS
September 24, 2018

NMC To Host Public Ceremonies For Building Projects

THE TICKER
September 14, 2018

NMC To Use Geothermal Energy To Power New Innovation Center

THE TICKER
August 10, 2018

NMC's Innovation Center moves forward
Sale of bonds to fund half of the $14.4 million renovation of West Hall

TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE
May 24, 2018

NMC project to redo West Hall slated to start this spring

TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE
March 6, 2018

NMC to revamp West Hall
College lays groundwork for new library, innovation center to open fall 2019

TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE
September 29, 2017

NMC to Construct 21st Century Innovation Center

MYNORTH
June 27, 2017

NMC To Host Public Ceremonies For Building Projects

THE TICKER
June 10, 2016

State Approves Millions In Funding For NMC Expansion

THE TICKER
June 10, 2016