Lt. Governor Michael Fedele To Join With DPW And ECSU For
Science Building Dedication In Willimantic Oct. 22, 2008 Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Michael C. Fedele will join with State Department of Public Works Commissioner Raeanne V. Curtis and Eastern Connecticut State University President Elsa M. Nunez to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the university’s new Science Building at the Willimantic campus on October 22, 2008 (Wednesday) at 10 a.m.
The newly completed $64 million Science Building is located on the west side of the quad opposite the J. Eugene Smith Library on the ECSU campus at 83 Windham Street in Willimantic (Please see the attached directions.)
Lieutenant Governor Michael C. Fedele stated, “I’m proud to be participating in this event – Governor Rell and I are strong supporters of smart growth, green energy and sustainable energy. With the dedication of this building, the state of Connecticut is taking the lead by example. As the most environmentally advanced building on campus, the ECSU community is showing the rest of us the way.”
State Department of Public Works Commissioner Raeanne V. Curtis, whose agency administered the project, said, “This magnificent new Science Building is the most environmentally advanced facility we have built on the Eastern campus in terms of both its design and construction. We at DPW are very proud of this accomplishment, and we are very grateful for the support for our efforts from Governor Rell and her administration, the university, the central office, and the legislature.”
The new Science Building is designed to meet the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council standards to achieve LEED Silver certification (LEED is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.) This achievement certifies indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, water savings, and improved strategies for site development and materials selection.
ECSU President, Dr. Elsa M. Nunez, stated, “We are very excited for our students and faculty. They are clearly pleased with the additional classroom space, new modern laboratories, and brand-new scientific equipment at their disposal. As they learn about science and prepare for careers in new emerging fields, it is my hope that Eastern can make an even larger contribution to Connecticut’s hi-tech workforce while preparing more science teachers for our schools.”
The speakers at the ceremony will include Connecticut Lt. Gov. Fedele, DPW Commissioner Curtis, and ECSU President Nunez, Dr. David G. Carter, Sr., chancellor of the Connecticut State University System (CSU); Lawrence D. McHugh, chairman of the Board of Trustees of CSU; Dr. Carmen Cid, dean of ECSU’s School of Arts and Sciences; Sulthana Sayed, Student Government Association President, and Reverend Laurence A. M. LaPointe, ECSU Foundation for Campus Ministry.
This new state-of-the-art Science Building, a six-story 173,509 square foot red brick facility, houses the Center for the Study of Sustainable Energy, and the departments of biology, mathematics and computer science, environmental earth science, and physical science. It features a 132-seat lecture hall, laboratories, general purpose classrooms, computer science suite of rooms, a large resource room, student study space, and a glass-encased atrium.
The project architect was The SLAM Collaborative of Glastonbury, the contractor was O & G Industries of Torrington, and the construction administrator was Konover Construction of Farmington.
The state Department of Public Works is responsible for the design and construction of major capital building projects (except highways and bridges) for most state agencies, leasing and acquisitions statewide, and facility management, maintenance and security of state buildings in the greater Hartford area.
Directions to Eastern Connecticut State University, 83 Windham Street, Willimantic, CT 06226: From Hartford I-84 East. Route 384 east to Route 6. Route 6 east to intersection of Routes 6 and 66. Left on Route 6 to second exit (High Street). Turn right onto High Street to campus entrance, 1/2 mile on right.
From Springfield, Mass. and Points North I-91 south to Route 291 (Exit 35). Route 291 east to Route 384. Route 384 east to Route 6. Route 6 east to intersection of Routes 6 and 66. Left on Route 6 to second exit. Turn right onto High Street to campus entrance, 1/2 mile on right.
From Boston, New Hampshire and Vermont
Route 90 west (Mass. Pike) to Route 395 (Exit 10). Route 395 south to Route 6 (Exit 91). Route 6 west to intersection of Routes 6 and 66. Right on Route 6 to first exit. Turn left at next two lights. Campus is 1/2 mile on right.
From Providence and Points East
Route 6 west to North Windham. Bear right onto Route 6 highway to first exit. Turn left at next two lights. Campus is 1/2 mile on right.
From Norwich and New London
Route 395 north to Route 2 (Exit 81 W). Route 2 west to Route 32 (Exit 25). Route 32 north to Route 66 west. Turn right onto Jackson Street. Turn left onto Valley Street. Turn right onto High Street to campus entrance on left.
I-95 north to I-91. I-91 north to I-84 (Exit 29). I-84 east to Route 384 (Exit 59). Route 384 east to Route 6. Route 6 east to intersection of Routes 6 and 66. Left on Route 6 to second exit. Turn right onto High Street to campus entrance, 1/2 mile on right.
From Central New York State and Points West
I-84 east to Route 384 (Exit 59). Route 384 east to Route 6. Route 6 east to intersection of Routes 6 and 66. Left on Route 6 to second exit. Turn right onto High Street to campus entrance, 1/2 mile on right.