Science Building Dedication In Willimantic Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Michael C. Fedele, State Department of Public Works (DPW) Deputy Commissioner David O’Hearn, representing DPW Commissioner Raeanne V. Curtis, and Eastern Connecticut State University President Elsa M. Nunez hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the university’s new Science Building at the Willimantic campus on October 22, 2008.
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.
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 Deputy Commissioner David O’Hearn, 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 included Connecticut Lt. Gov. Fedele, DPW Deputy Commissioner O’Hearn, 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.