The official ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the Spruce Hall nursing, health technology, and science addition and renovation at Morgan Community College are set for Wednesday, October 20, from 3-5:00 P.M. The public occasion will also mark the culminating celebration of MCC’s 40th anniversary. The festivities will be held on the west side of the college near the new entrance.
MCC President Dr. Kerry Hart will serve as the welcoming master of ceremonies for the event and will provide acknowledgements and introductions of invited speakers: Dr. Nancy McCallin, Colorado Community College System President; Jon Becker, MCC alumni and adjunct faculty member; Meg Corwin, Regional Director for US Senator Michael Bennet; Pam Shaddock, Regional Director for US Senator Mark Udall; and Mac McGraw, Northeast Regional Director for US Congresswoman Betsy Markey. Colorado Senator Greg Brophy, Colorado Representative Cory Gardner, and Colorado State Treasurer Cary Kennedy will also deliver greetings to the assembly.
Dr. Hart and Dr. McCallin will lead the actual ribbon cutting ceremony assisted by groups representing MCC leadership, local government, health and science faculty, the MCC Foundation, MCC Advisory Council, the project architects and engineers, contractors, and students.
The attendees will then be invited inside the facility for refreshments and musical entertainment by the MCC jazz Ensemble under the direction of Ron Pflug. Guests may tour the addition and renovation at their own pace. MCC faculty and staff will be available to explain the use and features of each area.
The construction project added three health skills labs, two regular classrooms, one microbiology lab, two computer labs, a conference room and commons area as well as offices for nursing faculty and other health instructors and staff. The renovated part of Spruce Hall now better accommodates the physical therapist assistant, emergency medical services, and other ancillary health programs. A drop-off traffic circle and sixty additional parking spaces and a west entrance to the college were also major improvements. The MCC Foundation raised nearly $600,000 to equip and furnish the new instructional and support space with a lead gift of $200,000 from Cargill. Additional major gifts from the A.F. Williams Family Foundation and the Bloedorn Foundation were complemented by contributions from individuals and businesses.
The project earned the Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its “green” construction and use features such as a high efficiency mechanical system that provides up to 25% efficiency gain over standard systems of a similar size. Up to 11% additional electrical usage is generated by a rooftop photovoltaic array. Light colored roof and plaza surfaces reflect sunlight away and reduce cooling demands on the HVAC system; efficient plumbing fixtures reduce water usage up to 35%, and interior finishes are composed of recycled materials, including countertops made partly from recycled metal shavings. During construction, over 75% of construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills.
Following the ribbon cutting and open house, MCC nursing graduates will hold a reunion dinner at 5:00 P.M. in Founders to celebrate 20 years for the second-year nursing program. Graduates are asked to make reservations ($10.00) with Beth Carpenter (970-542-3119) by Monday, October 18, if they plan to attend.