MCC's new downtown campus on target for 2017 opening


The first phase of construction at Monroe Community College's new $72 million downtown campus is three-quarters complete, and the facility is on track for a fall 2017 opening.

The new 255,000-square-foot campus will be spread across seven floors in four former Kodak buildings on State Street, bought by the county. The first phase of construction included separating the utilities from the adjacent Kodak Tower — which is still owned by Kodak — as well as some demolition, infrastructure, and asbestos abatement work, said John DiMarco II, president of DiMarco Constructors, the construction manager for the project, at a press conference this morning. 

DiMarco said that project officials are working on plans for the second phase of construction, which should go out to bid in the late spring or early summer. The work should start by the fall, he said.

Monroe Community College and Monroe County will seek LEED status for the campus, said Robert Healy, president LaBella Associates, the project's lead architect. Buildings given LEED certification have to meet certain environmental performance criteria.

One key feature of the new campus will be a three-floor "spine," which is a stairway surrounded by public areas, administrative offices, collaborative spaces, and meeting rooms. Classroom spaces will start on the third floor.

The four county-owned buildings that make up the campus contain a total of approximately 500,000 square feet. The unused areas provide opportunities for future expansion and growth, as well as possible work force development programs, Healy says.

Monroe Community College President Anne Kress said that some of the space could be used for businesses under the state's START-UP NY program. START-UP is an economic development program open to start-up businesses, companies relocating to New York, and existing companies that are expanding and adding jobs. But the companies have to partner with a college or university and locate in space linked to the school.

During today's press conference, County Executive Maggie Brooks and Kress also announced $6 million in new funding for the campus, which includes a $1.4 million grant from the MCC Association and a $1.6 million state grant toward a green roof project at the campus.

LaBella presented this animated rendering of the new campus's first three floors: