Washtenaw Community College reveals $13.5 million renovations to its community and events building

ANN ARBOR – Washtenaw Community College held the grand reopening of its Morris Lawrence building on Saturday in the presence of WCC staff, elected officials and community members.

The building is the college’s community resource and conference center and hosts up to 150,000 visitors each year, according to a press release.

Over the past year, the building has been closed for construction as crews installed skylights, new flooring and an eco-friendly energy system. Expanded access to technology and state-of-the-art audio and visual media upgrades have also been added.

The entrance to the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College. (JD Scott Photography)
Mixed media art gallery featuring works by WCC students and artists inside the Morris Lawrence Building. (JD Scott Photography)

Near the building’s main entrance, a new art gallery featuring works by WCC students and staff is on display.

The Morris Lawrence Building is one of the busiest facilities on campus and provides space for classes, the WCC Police Academy, business and industrial training, theater arts and music events, and more.

Its Towsley Auditorium seats 480 people and regularly hosts local performing arts groups as well as nationally known artists.

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WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca takes a photo with U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell during the grand reopening ceremony of the college’s Morris Lawrence Building on July 9, 2022. (JD Scott Photography)

“I would like to thank our Board of Trustees for supporting this important investment in a space that represents the heart of the college’s community events and activities,” said WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca during the event. “We couldn’t do what we do to educate and train students to meet Washtenaw County’s labor and talent needs without you.”

For more information about WCC, visit www.wccnet.edu.

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