NMC recognizes old, new buildings on campus

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Northwestern Michigan College's campus Monday for their new West Hall Innovation Center.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Northwestern Michigan College broke ground on a new facility they said will be unlike anything they have on campus.

Dirt was turned to celebrate construction on the West Hall Innovation Center.

The west end of the current West Hall will be torn down to make room for a $14 million renovation.

The 54,000-square-foot center will have a library and two levels with flexible learning spaces that can be adjusted based on who is using them.

Once complete, the building will be open 24/7 for students to use around the clock.

“The way that people interact with other people, with data, with things, with spaces has changed. This is one of our first major forays into that," said Timothy Nelson, the President of NMC. "It will support active learning. And we know that people want do things in order to learn as opposed to just learning and saying you have to wait to go do that.”

The Shirley S. Okerstrom Fine Arts Building on NMC's campus was also rededicated Monday.

The building was the last building in the United States designed by Bauhaus Architect Walter Gropius in 1969.

The college said they invested in refurbishing the building's exterior and windows this year.

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