Westside Campus Center Dedication In Danbury Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell joined with the State Department of Public Works and Western Connecticut State University to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Westside Campus Center on January 23, 2007.
The newly completed $17.8 million Campus Center is located at the University’s Westside Campus on Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury.
Governor Rell stated during the ceremony, “This beautiful, much-needed building will provide a sense of community for WestConn’s Westside Campus. Indeed, this university has become a true destination for students, faculty and recruiters; it is a truly a jewel in the crown we call CSU, Connecticut State University.”
State Department of Public Works Commissioner James T. Fleming, whose agency administered the project, said, “The new Westside Campus Center was designed and built to fulfill a critical need at Western. With three residence halls now situated at the Westside Campus, this beautiful new Center is a key component of the campus life experience, creating a much-needed gathering place for students and faculty.”
WCSU President James W. Schmotter stated, “Our new Campus Center will be the soul of our Westside campus -- a place for students to meet, eat, socialize and fully experience college life. This new building is more evidence that WestConn is growing, thriving and doing more for students than ever before.”
The speakers at the ceremony included Governor Rell; DPW Deputy Commissioner David O’Hearn; WCSU President Schmotter; Mayor Mark Boughton, City of Danbury; Dr. David G. Carter, chancellor of the Connecticut State University System (CSU); Lawrence D. McHugh, chairman of the Board of Trustees of CSU; and Imran Qazi, president of the WCSU Student Government Association.
The new glass, steel and masonry Campus Center consists of a three-story, 49,000 square foot building situated opposite the O’Neill Athletic Center. The facility features a full-service dining area, a cardio fitness center, a ballroom, meeting and conference rooms, student activity space, lounge areas, and related campus and student-life facilities.
The Campus Center was designed by Hom and Goldman Architects, P.C., of New York, NY. The contractor was Konover Construction Corporation of Farmington, and the construction administrator was Strategic Building Solutions of Old Saybrook.
Funding for the Campus Center project was financed through the Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority. The service’s revenue bonds are paid through student fees. The authority funds residence halls, student centers, dining halls, and parking garages, as well as health care facilities.
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.