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Monroe County Receives American Public Works Association’s “Project of the Year” Award

Monroe County Receives American Public Works Association’s “Project of the Year” Award

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Monroe Community College (MCC) President Dr. Anne M. Kress announced that Monroe County has received the “Project of the Year Award” for the construction of the MCC Downtown Campus from the Genesee Valley Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA). The award was categorized in “Structures Greater than $75 Million” and reflects the project partners’ commitment to innovation and collaboration.

“Our state-of-the-art MCC Downtown Campus represents a substantial investment in higher education, workforce development, and new jobs and opportunity right here in Monroe County,” said Dinolfo. “We are proud that this award recognizes Monroe County’s commitment to creating a purpose-built Downtown Campus that will support a stronger workforce and economy here for years to come. On behalf of a grateful community, I thank our many talented project partners, including MCC, LaBella, DiMarco, and others, for their outstanding collaboration in completing this project on-time and on-budget.”

As the managing agency, Monroe County worked closely with MCC and chief engineer LaBella Associates, construction manager DiMarco Group, as well as several subcontractors and trade unions. The “Project of the Year Award” is given in recognition of excellent collaboration by all participating organizations and the successful completion of a project.

The total project cost of $78 million was primarily shared by Monroe County ($36 million) and the State University of New York ($39 million) as well as another $3 million from the MCC Association and a grant from the Regional Economic Development Council. Design began in 2014 and construction was completed in time for students to arrive for the fall semester 2017.

“MCC’s Downtown Campus represents years of inspiring work and extraordinary partnerships that have fulfilled our shared vision of a dynamic, collaborative, inclusive, innovative learning environment. The campus is already transforming the lives of our students and enriching our community,” said Kress. “We are delighted and honored to have our campus be recognized by the APWA, underscoring our county’s and community’s support of MCC and our students.”

The APWA is a not-for-profit association of public works agencies, private companies, and individuals dedicated to promoting professional excellence and public awareness.

The MCC Downtown Campus already received LEED Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for “New Construction and Major Renovations.”