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Artist's rendering of the new West Hall Innovation Center and Library
Project rendering by J. Scott Smith Visual Designs, inc.

West Hall Innovation Center Project Updates

The West Hall 21st Century Innovation Center project combines 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 will incorporate innovative and transformative learning environments and multiple academic and simulation spaces.

The project has 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 Rep. Larry Inman, R-Williamsburg, Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, and Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City.

Learn more about the project here:

Department, office and service moves

While construction of the Innovation Center is underway, departments and services that were in West Hall have moved:

  • Academic Scheduling to Beckett Room JB 110
  • Administrative Services Coordinator Cathy McCall to Tanis Room T 55
  • Apartment Management to Biederman Room LB 104
  • Bookstore to Health & Science Building Room HS 101
  • Central Scheduling to Beckett Room JB 107
  • Childcare to Physical Education Center Room P 206
  • Dining Services to the Oleson Center
  • International Services to Scholars Hall Room SH 29
  • Student ID Cards to Tanis Room T 141
  • Student Life to Osterlin Room O 152
  • Tutoring Center to Osterlin Room O 210
  • Veterans Lounge to Osterlin Room O 103
  • Vice President of Finance Vicki Cook to Tanis Room T 55
  • WNMC to Scholars Hall Rooms SH 31–SH 32

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Project Timeline

  • June 8, 2016 - The state legislature passes the state’s general government omnibus budget bill for FY 2016-17, which includes more than seven million dollars for the West Hall Innovation Center
  • June 22, 2017 - The project receives final funding approval as part of the state legislature’s FY18 Omnibus Budget
  • Fall 2017–Spring 2018 - The project steering committee meets with the architect to finalize the interior
  • Summer 2018 - Offices and services move to temporary locations (view the map)
  • Summer 2018 - Abatement and re-routing of electrical power and fiber optic cables
  • September 24, 2018 - Groundbreaking ceremony
  • September 2018 - Demolition of the old West Hall building begins
  • October 2018 - Building demolition complete
  • Fall 2018–2019 - Construction of the new West Hall Innovation Center
  • November 2018 - New building foundation begins
  • December 2018 - Deep pile foundation installation completed, sub-base material installed
  • January 2019 - Structural concrete foundation installation
  • February 2019 - $2.3 million in roofing, wall, flooring, painting, fire suppression and other project bids approved
  • March 2019 - Masonry at East Stairwell, foundation grade beam installation, underground plumbing
  • April 2019 - Install structural steel, waterproof and backfill foundation walls
  • May 2019 - Connect water main, construct elevator shaft, install metal decking on steel, structural steel erection continues
  • June 2019 - Exterior and interior wall framing, window and wall blocking, sanitary lines tie-in, steel erection continues
  • July 2019 - Concrete work mostly complete; wall framing, electrical work and geothermal well drilling being done; audiovisual and IT cabling contracts approved.
  • Early Spring 2020 - Projected completion
  • (final dates and occupancy are determined after the construction manager and general contractor review the final timeline)
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