By MELISSA PERKINS
On Thursday, October 22, Governor M. Jodi Rell visited Norwalk Community College to announce that this Friday, October 30th, the State Bond Committee will be meeting to discuss Governor Rell’s proposal to grant Norwalk Community College $18.3 million. These funds have been set aside to alleviate some of the costs of reconstructing the Health and Science Center. President David Levinson introduced Rell who spoke of the new additions being made here at NCC.
“It is our great honor today to have the Governor come visit with us and to make a major announcement about our new Health and Sciences building,” President Levinson said.
“This past year it seems we’ve had the occasion come up to say no so many times, and it’s not easy to say no…But today I don’t have to say no because this is one of those things we get to say yes to, and proudly say yes,” said Rell.
The Health and Science Center will house the ever expanding nursing and physical therapy programs as well as lab space for the science department. The physical therapy program will be on the first floor while the nursing program will be on the second floor, and new science labs and offices will be on the third floor. Improvements will be done to the A-Wing to permit the Art department more display space and provide it with new classrooms and offices. The entire overhaul is intended to meet a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2012 (if the Apocalypse doesn’t kill us first). The project was designed by Mitchell Giurgola Architects of New York and Fletcher Thompson Architects of Shelton, Connecticut. The contractor handling all the construction is The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company out of New Haven, CT. In total the project will include 50,000 square foot addition and a 28,500 square foot renovation of the A -Wing.
The bond funds will help Norwalk Community College accommodate their growing student population, especially in the fields of nursing and health care. The ultimate dividend of this investment is a well-educated workforce for Connecticut now and in the future,” said Rell.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of Governor Rell for this essential project. With these funds, Norwalk Community College will continue to enhance the lives of our residents,” said Norwalk Mayor, Richard Moccia.
Governor Rell told the press that she is extremely confident that the State Bond Commission will approve this grant.