O’Leary Science & Classroom Building

Dowagiac, MI
Southwestern Michigan College
Project Details

As part of SMC’s commitment to provide an elevated educational experience for its students, it selected Abonmarche to oversee upgrades the O’Leary and Daugherty science and classroom buildings. Since their original construction in 1966, the two buildings and their systems had worn down from continuous use, typical wear, and increasing demands for technology.

The Abonmarche team upgraded the electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems, along with modernizing technology, extend the useful life of the buildings and supports the educational and functional changes that are planned. The renovation included eight science labs, two lecture halls, and 10 general classrooms, along with faculty offices, student-faculty commons, support spaces, and landscaping upgrades.

A Schematic Design phase was completed following the State of Michigan Capital Outlay Design Process, and included space planning, assessment of existing conditions, and cost estimating.


  • Complete renovation of two existing buildings
  • Science labs, classrooms, faculty offices, and commons
  • Replacement of exterior cladding, windows, and roofing
  • Improved energy efficiency
  • New accessible restrooms
  • Upgraded finishes and furniture

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