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Montgomery College Purchases Building for Its Central Services Areas Through Partnership with County Government and Montgomery College Foundation

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Published: 2016-08-16 18:38:10.660

Montgomery College, through a partnership with the Montgomery College Foundation and the Montgomery County Government, successfully purchased a building within the county to house the College's central services. The 115,000 square foot, four-story building located at 9221 Corporate Blvd. in Rockville was purchased for $12.65 million. By acquiring the building, the College will consolidate services performed at three separate locations, which include Information Technology, Advancement, Communications, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and other administrative functions, to one future-ready facility, thereby greatly enhancing operational efficiencies. This consolidation is expected to save the College approximately $40 million over a 30-year span because it will no longer be paying leases for two service locations--40 West Gude Drive and 7362 Calhoun Place.

The third location, the Mannakee Building located at 900 Hungerford Drive in Rockville, is owned by the College and will be repurposed to address critical space deficit needs. By moving central services operations from the Mannakee Building, the College can assign more space to instruction, labs and offices. The move does not eliminate the large collective space deficit of the College, but is a significant step towards addressing it.

This month, demolition, construction and information technology infrastructure enhancements (Fibernet, etc.) for the acquired building will commence. The College expects to complete the renovations by the spring and will begin relocating several College units to the building during the 2017 spring semester.

The College is working with the industry-leading firms of Gensler Buch Construction and the Tenant Agency, as partners in the modern design, construction, and project management for its Central Services Building. The College also appreciates the support of Shulman Rogers for its legal expertise and efforts during the process.

"I am grateful to County Executive Ike Leggett and the County Council for bringing this project to fruition. I'd also like to express gratitude to the Foundation, a group of highly valued volunteers who love the College, for their work on this project," commented Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College. "By moving Central Services to the new building, more space will be immediately available for teaching and learning for the entire College. The long term savings from the move--which will be realized over many years will be invested in student success initiatives."

The acquisition would not have been possible without the cooperation and collaboration among the College, Montgomery College Foundation and Montgomery County. With the volunteer efforts of the Montgomery College Foundation Real Estate Committee, chaired by Bill Hard, the College was able to secure a building that fits its needs and continues to keep central services relatively close to its campuses.

"The Montgomery College Foundation is committed to assisting Montgomery College and its students," said Ken Becker, chair of the Montgomery College Foundation. "Furthermore, I am thrilled that, with the significant expertise and dedication of its board members, the Foundation was able to play a critical role in support of this important College objective."

Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Executive, reflected on the value of the partnership and what it means for the county.

"I appreciate the efforts of the College and its Foundation to work with the County to produce this cost savings while providing re-allocated space to support student success," he says. "The County was honored to play a critical role in the financing of the project and help make this possible. I want to thank Dr. Pollard for her foresight and vision, and thank the Montgomery College Foundation, whose volunteers do so much to support the students through its philanthropy and real estate projects."

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