Some Lansing Community College
programs have been growing, and the college is now investing $5.3 million in growing their facilities to keep up. The plans include the renovation of the hangar at Mason Jewett Field, work on the school’s West Campus building and the addition of four classrooms to the Mackinaw Building.
LCC purchased the general aviation hanger last year and will now be investing $2.1 million to convert it into a teaching space.
“It will include classroom and laboratory facilities for the aviation program,” says, Chris Strugar-Fritsch, the executive director of LCC’s Administrative Services Division. “We’ll have six classrooms and a lab.”
The $1.4 million renovations to the Mackinaw Building will involve a rearrangement of walls and rooms within the building’s current footprint to make way for four new classrooms.
“The Mackinaw Building that where the collage started an early collage program this past fall,” says Strugar-Fritsch. “We have another cohort of 90 student coming in this fall, so we need to renovated the building to accommodate the extra students.”
Work on the facilities is projected to begin late May or in early June. Strugar-Frisch hopes to have work on the Mackinaw Building completed by the fall and expects the hanger renovation to continue until next spring. The growing facilities, he says, is a positive sign of the college’s growth as an organization.
“The renovation will allow us to grow the programs based in the demand to meet student needs,” Strugar-Frisch says, “and to support successful workforce development.”