Board to name architect for education center

Projects will have positive impact on economic development

SCOTTVILLE — The West Shore Community College Board of Trustees will be hold its regular monthly meeting off campus at 5 p.m. in the Mason County Central Upper Elementary School building.

Twice each year the board meets at a location either north or south of the campus in an effort for the board to remain close to the college's partners. The off campus meetings usually take place in the fall and spring each year.

Monday's meeting is expected to bring a recommendation from the WSCC Board Administrative Committee to name an architect for the Manistee Education Center (former Glik's Building) at the corner of River and Maple streets. The board is expected to name Manistee's Kendra Thompson PC as the architect at a cost not to exceed $240,000.

The project to renovate 13,000 square feet on two levels of the building will include offices for long term lease commitments from the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, Networks Northwest (Michigan Works!) and other interested partners. The project is designed to implement the college's goal of increasing services to the local community while having a positive impact on economic development.

Thompson has already been active in the project having built the conceptual renderings and preliminary engineering due to being familiar with the building and other projects in the Manistee Historic District.

This project is estimated to cost $3.2 million with $2.2 million coming from the college's capital budget and with a commitment of $1 million from an anonymous donor to cover the remainder of the cost. Thompson's fee is based on 6% of the project and is similar in nature to other architectural firms fees for other college projects.

"Due to the limited fee variation among architectural firms, the cost of service is not the deciding factor, but rather the fit for the project," said WSCC president Scott Ward in a memo to the board. "Kendra C. Thompson P.C. has proven to be an excellent fit for this project."

Monday's meeting is also expected to have a report from Ward and WSCC chair Bruce Smith on the activities of the Michigan Community College Association's monthly meeting. Ward and Smith are the two WSCC representatives on that association.

Also expected to address the board will be Mason County Central Schools superintendent Jeff Mount. Following the meeting he is expected to join the board for a tour and dinner at the school.

Trustees will also take under consideration the annual financial and single audit reports for the college that were presented to the board at a study session in October. Both audit reports were favorably reviewed by the board administrative committee at its Nov. 13 meeting.

Another regular monthly report that will be given to the board is from vice president of academics and student services Dr. Mark Kinney. He is expected to touch on an academic endeavor taking place at the college.

Consideration will also be given to approving the general fund expenditures of $1,185,303 and auxiliary fund expenditures in the amount of $68,431.