For immediate release, Oct. 29, 2016
Contact: Esther Watstein 203-332-5226
Construction on Time for Housatonic Community College Expansion
The Tower addition to Housatonic Community College is now a recognizable structure, reaching to the street on Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport.
Crews have been working steadily throughout the summer and fall, and it now seems safe to anticipate that at the end of March, 2017, the HCC Tower will be open for students. The Tower will stretch out the foot-print of the college, adding approximately 46,000 square feet to the building. The ground floor will include a new Welcome Center which will expedite the registration process for students and include admissions and business offices, Financial Aid, new testing labs, a counseling area and new meeting rooms.
The Tower will contain two elevators and the 2nd and 3rd floors will feature classrooms and offices. The 3rd floor will also hold new Mac labs and art studios. The 4th floor will be almost all art studios, classrooms, student lounge space with another Mac Lab and offices.
According to HCC Facilities Director Richard Hennessey, about 30% of the existing Lafayette Hall has been impacted by the new construction and has involved re-locating offices and personnel to temporary locations. Much of the art that enhanced Lafayette Hall has been removed for safekeeping during the construction process, although the Burt Chernow Galleries are open and special exhibits are ongoing.
Simultaneously with the building of the new HCC Tower, work on the HCC garage is updating the sprinkler system and making other structural repairs. This work will be completed in the late spring of 2017.
Next on HCC’s construction list is the renovation to other areas of Lafayette Hall, including enlarging the Library and Audio Center, adding new science and allied health classrooms and labs, and student lounge areas. This work is planned for completion in Dec. of 2018.
HCC President Paul Broadie says, “This work will transform HCC. We are building a state-of-the-art center that will give students a cohesive path through the admissions and registration process. The new labs and studios and classrooms will be the hallmark for the STEAM education. We eagerly anticipate the use of this new facility.”