Facilities Master Plan

2021 - 2026 Plan


Brighton Campus

Student Focused Renaissance

The Brighton Campus represents the largest footprint within the MCC portfolio. It boasts a diverse student body and offers a wide array of both transfer degrees and career and technical offerings. Further, it has the distinction of recreational, competitive athletic, and on campus housing opportunities to create a complete student experience. The campus is a product of the mid twentieth century, and as a result, has a significant deferred maintenance backlog and necessary equipment upgrades. To compound this issue, the quality of the teaching and learning spaces no longer match the academic prestige of the institution and its academic offerings. The Plan recommends refocusing resources on the holistic success of the students. This investment strategy includes state-of-the art classroom and laboratory renovations, student services consolidation, reimagined academic support spaces, and new collaborative environments to ensure MCC remains a national community college leader.

Migrating the ATC to the Brighton Campus

One of the most significant recommendations of the Plan is the migration of programs from the Applied Technologies Center to the Brighton Campus. This move has several implications. First, disposal of the existing undersized asset. Second, complete relocation of the current programs, expansion of laboratory space and storage space, and the potential for the addition of a complimentary diesel program. Finally, this move allows MCC to showcase these important career and technical programs - linking them to related programs on the campus and exposing both academic and career students to alternative credentials, certificate and degree programs. Key recommendations are organized through the following themes: Vibrant Academic Community for Collaborative Learning, Student-Centered Campus Experience, and a Center of Excellence for Advanced Technologies.

Vibrant Academic Community for Collaborative Learning
  • Create a visible one-stop enrollment center for student services and academic support Develop a campus welcome center
  • Upgrade teaching and learning spaces to support active learning pedagogies and relevant hybrid virtual delivery systems
  • Co-locate Tutoring, testing and Ed Tech services
  • Expand the Virtual Campus Center
  • Expand and activate collaborative lounge spaces
  • Develop a unique visual identity and “home base” for each of the seven schools
Student-Centered Campus Experience
  • Reimagine student clubs and organizations to increase visibility and access
  • Expand student amenities and hours of operation
  • Rebrand campus gateways and optimize wayfinding
  • Reorganize the front door and drop-off experience
  • Enhance pedestrian safety and connectivity
  • Enliven outdoor courtyards and rooftop terraces
  • Upgrade transportation services and facilities
Center of Excellence for Advanced Technologies
  • Migrate the ATC programs to the Brighton Campus and introduce a potential diesel program
  • Construct a new Advanced Technologies building

Downtown Campus

Embracing the City

The Downtown Campus of MCC stands as an important and historical asset within the City of Rochester. It represents the College’s status as a leader in workforce development and substantiates recent investments supporting both student and community transformation. The Plan recommends enhancing this asset to expand the current program offerings to serve Western New York’s underserved population - providing a gateway to higher education and social mobility. The Downtown campus has been a part of the City for nearly 30 years and continues to leverage transportation assets, civic and cultural amenities, natural features, and is capitalizing on the resurgence of urban life in Downtown Rochester.

The Plan recommends a multi-faceted approach based on key themes of an Educational Gateway, Community Asset, and Regional Hub for Workforce Development. Key recommendations include:

Educational Gateway
  • Extend the hours of student amenities and expand wrap around services
  • Develop family friendly study lounge spaces and upgraded childcare
  • Leverage existing arts and humanities offerings as a gateway to degree programs
  • Optimize evening and weekend course scheduling to meet student needs
Community Asset
  • Migrate the Foundation to the Downtown Campus
  • Brand the Campus through streetscape improvements on State Street
  • Enhance entrance and arrival experience along Morrie Silver Way
  • Transform the civic plaza as a campus gateway and student gathering space
  • Improve transportation services and related facilities
Regional Hub for Workforce Development
  • Expand Rochester Works Career Center as a regional employment supercenter
  • Implement the Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center (FWD Center)

In 2021, MCC will unveil the FWD Center to support accelerated training programs in technology-oriented careers focused on emergent smart technologies and Industry 4.0 skills. This innovative center will deploy training programs in: mechatronic systems, automation and robotics, industrial internet of things, and skilled trade technologies. As a leader in both credit and non-credit bearing programs, MCC will merge both academic disciplines and technical fields, customer-oriented soft skills, and the interdisciplinary collaboration. As a result, many of the micro-credentials and certifications offered at the FWD Center will count as credits towards certificate and degree programs in both career and technical and academic pathways.