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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New Saginaw Center

A group of local administrators at the site of the new Saginaw Center wearing hard hats and holding shovels. The launch of construction on the new Delta College Saginaw Center took place Monday, March 26, with a groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site in Downtown Saginaw.

Speakers included, Dr. Jean Goodnow, President of Delta College, Senator Ken Horn, Representative Vanessa Guerra, Mayor Dennis Browning, Representative Dan Kildee, and Rev. Dr. Robert Emrich, Delta College Board of Trustees Chair.

dignitaries involved in the ceremonial groundbreaking
  • Nick Bovid – Delta College Director of Facilities
  • Senator Ken Horn – State of Michigan - 32nd District
  • Representative Vanessa Guerra – State of Michigan - 95th District
  • Representative Dan Kildee – U.S. Congress - Michigan 5th District
  • JoAnn Crary – President of Saginaw Future
  • Andre Buckley – Delta College Trustee
  • Tim Morales – Saginaw City Manager
  • Dennis Browning – Mayor, City of Saginaw
  • Earl Selby - Delta College Trustee
  • Dr. Jean Goodnow – President of Delta College
  • Rev. Dr. Robert Emrich – Delta College Chair & Saginaw Trustee
  • Karen Lawrence-Webster – Delta College Trustee
  • Herb Spence – Spence Brothers Construction
  • Michael Nash – Delta College Trustee
  • Bob Van Deventer – Saginaw Chamber of Commerce

“We’re very excited to begin construction of this building,” said Dr. Jean Goodnow, Delta College President. “By investing in a new Saginaw Center, we are planning for the next two or three decades of education and service to this community.”

Construction will begin immediately with the new three story, 35,000 square foot building anticipated to be occupied by June 2019, with the first classes being offered in the fall 2019 semester. After a few years of incremental growth, it is projected that 1,100 students could attend the Saginaw Center annually.

The College is seeking LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification by designing, constructing, and operating the new center to meet measurements of sustainability for high performance in human and environmental health. This includes sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

The $12.74 million capital construction project is made possible through partial funding from the state of Michigan, as well as Delta College’s Plant Fund reserves. The property for the new Saginaw Center was purchased from the City of Saginaw. While located in the Downtown area, the Center will be within easy access for everyone in Saginaw County and beyond.