Maggie Brooks says Only Local Laborers will build New Downtown MCC Campus

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Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks has announced a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with local labor unions for the new downtown Monroe Community College campus project.

Rochester Building and Trades Council President Dave Young and Monroe Community College President Anne Kress joined Brooks when she made the announcement.

“When I took office in 2004, I made a commitment to local jobs for local workers, and, today, I have the privilege of joining with the men and women of our local workforce as we turn the vision of a new downtown MCC campus into reality,” said Brooks. “It is a great honor to be able to announce that the new downtown campus will join the ranks of our Regional Crime Lab, MCC Building 9 project, and the O’Rorke Bridge as some of Monroe County’s most successful public projects completed in partnership with our local trades unions under Project Labor Agreements.”

In addition, Books said a PLA would provide uniform work conditions and cost savings, including a potential cost-savings of $644,342 for the new downtown MCC campus.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be creating this transformative campus with local labor, and in partnership with Monroe County,” said Kress. “We are designing this campus to meet local educational and training needs, so it’s only appropriate that we build it with the local workforce. Our thanks go to County Executive Brooks for her unwavering support and leadership of this project.”

According to Brooks, the new downtown MCC campus site will utilize several existing buildings, and property previously owned by Eastman Kodak Co., which Monroe County acquired in June 2013.

She also said a PLA Benefits Analysis report found a PLA for the downtown campus main bid construction project is feasible and justified, and meets statutory requirements for the use of a PLA.