The Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees voted at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to approve a $5,327,359 bid submitted by Frederick Construction, Inc. to construct a new student resident hall on the college’s campus.  This bid includes all the desired alternative options including scheduled completion of the project by August 4, 2017.

Glen Oaks President David Devier said that the project will create a new opportunity for our students to have a complete college experience. “At the same time, the project is a green light for the college to offer more specialized programs that will draw students from all of West Michigan and northern Indiana,” said Devier.

Frederick Construction, Inc., headquartered in Vicksburg, MI, has completed a number of projects for K-12 and higher education institutions throughout West Michigan and beyond.

Glen Oaks will be the first Michigan community college to use a low-cost (2.38 percent) USDA Rural Development federal 30-year loan to finance the housing project. In addition, Glen Oaks will be the ninth Michigan community college to add residence halls to its campus.

The three-story, 108-bed student housing project plans include two- and four-suite units that share kitchen and living areas and two bathrooms. The facility will be located on the north side of the main parking lot, just west of the main building.

The public is invited to a special ceremonial groundbreaking for the project will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. in the Dresser Business Development Center.

“The hopes are that we can get construction started in the coming weeks, weather permitting,” said Devier, “and be open to the students in the Fall 2017 semester which starts in late August.”