Aerial view of the Dowagiac campus

Nursing bid accepted

08/11/2017 - 4pm

Southwestern Michigan College this morning at a special Board of Trustees meeting awarded a $7,042,435 contract to Rockford Construction Co. of Grand Rapids to build SMC’s new Nursing and Health Education Building.

The project will double the size of SMC’s existing 1970 facility while adding four state-of-the-art simulation labs and a 16-bed skills lab.

A construction celebration is planned Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Charles O. Zollar Building on the Dowagiac campus with remarks by Michigan Budget Director Al Pscholka and nursing students.

“We will probably take occupancy in September or October (2018), then move in in December, with classes beginning there in January (2019),” SMC President Dr. David Mathews said.

Rockford, established in 1987, is a nationally-recognized construction, real estate development and property management provider.

Rockford is licensed in 44 states and ranked by Engineering News-Record as one of the top 150 contractors in the nation. 

With regional offices in the Midwest and Southeast, Rockford has built projects totaling nearly $4 billion in more than 800 cities across the country. 

Abonmarche architect Arvin Delacruz said Rockford’s previous clients include Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College.