HAWK Construction, Inc. of Grand Rapids will lead construction of a new student center at Itasca Community College.

HAWK won a bidding process for construction of the new 10,000 square-foot McMahon Student Center with a $3,671,900 bid, according to Bart Johnson, Itasca Community College provost.

A COVID-19 modified groundbreaking is planned for the second week in June.

A majority of the work will be performed by regional contractors, said Johnson.    

It's the first time the 98-year old college in Grand Rapids will have a centralized gathering space for students.

Construction of the center includes renovation of about 5,000 square-feet of existing space in the college library and media center. Another 5,000 square-feet of a connecting hallway will be demolished and rebuilt with new construction.

The center is expected to be complete in the fall of 2021.

Funding for the project is entirely from donations to the Itasca Community College Foundation.