NMC celebrates two building milestones

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) welcomes the community to the groundbreaking of the new West Hall Innovation Center and the rededication of the Shirley S. Okerstrom Fine Arts Building Monday, September 24, 2018.

“The building projects and the dual celebrations highlight our proud NMC past, as well as our exciting future,” said NMC President Timothy J. Nelson. “Their design, student impact, and community support demonstrate how NMC is, and has always been, a leader in creating forward-thinking structures to help our learners succeed.”

The West Hall 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, community and legislative support. For more information on the project go to www.nmc.edu/innovation.

The Shirley S. Okerstrom Fine Arts Building was the last building in the United States designed by famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius in 1969. The College invested in refurbishing the building’s unique cedar exterior and windows in 2018.

Groundbreaking at the West Hall Innovation Center begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the rededication on the Shirley S. Okerstrom Fine Arts Building at 12:30 p.m.

Release date: September 13, 2018

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communication
(231) 995-1019


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