A meeting at which topics were discussed, but not voted upon, was held by the McHenry County College Board Tuesday night.
Consultant Power Wellness made the case for additional classrooms for health sciences and for a much larger health and fitness facility.
The potential costs ranged from $33 to $47 million for an on-campus addition, which the report was skewed toward.
An additional $2.5 million would be required to remodel space that is currently used for health sciences and the health club, according to Leanne Meyer-Smith of Wight & Company, the firm that prepared the master plan for the campus.
The high cost proposals included 75,000 square feet of classroom space, 43,500 square feet for a fitness center, complete with lap pool, and 12,000 square feet for a medical clinic.
The financing was largely dependent on an increase in per credit hour fees of $9 per credit hour and more tuition from increased enrollment. It would be called an “infrastructure” fee. It would increase one-half percent per year.
This is a money raising technique used by other community colleges in the Chicago area, as one slide showed.
Financing options were again enumerated.
The presenter, Health Wellness Principal Ken Gorman, pointed out that about $5 million had been accumulated in MCC “Fund 3.”
That could be augmented by the recommended $9 per credit hour “infrastructure fee,” plus health club fees and rent from a health care provider (Centegra was the only one with whom meetings have been held, although Advocate’s and Mercy’s names were mentioned) for clinic space.
Asked if Centegra were willing to provide capital to build the clinic by Tom Wilbeck, the Power Wellness consultant replied in the negative, but did say a ten-year lease had been discussed. Centegra said it was not interested in an off-campus site.
Rent was assumed to be $27 per square foot with the tenant being responsible for utilities and “CAM” (which I assume some reader can explain).
Health club use was based on a 200-person survey of people living within a twelve-minute drive of the college campus by a company called Meritage. The poll results had a margin of error of 6.8%, according to Brian Hummer, a Power Wellness Partner.
The survey results found not enough people belonging to the YMCA to list separately.
2,400 community users and 160 employees could be expected by year three if the most expansive health club were approved. That would include a lap pool, about which Meyer-Smith observed, “Pools are sometimes not workable on a community college campus.”
The proposed monthly dues for community members were $59 for a single, $94 for a couple, $129 for a family and $53 for a senior, $85 for a senior couple. There would also be unspecified “enrollment fees.”
A loose leaf notebook containing a business plan was handed out. It will be discussed by the Board at the October Committee of the Whole Meeting.