We are officially in the second phase of a multi-phase campus expansion project, with completion of Phase II expected in summer 2013. The project will expand the campus to 292,000 square feet.
Phase II includes construction of a three-story, 56,000-square-foot classroom building which extends from the 600 Building and will add approximately 20 classrooms to campus while making room for future office space.
Currently: Construction remains on schedule, and as of November 2012, the project is 69% complete.
Work has been completed to make the building weather-tight so that interior work can continue throughout the winter. Exterior brick installation is 95% complete, and roof work is 30% complete. Electrical work is 70% complete.
Interior stairwells have been installed.Metal studs are up, and sheet rock will follow. Exterior windows are scheduled to be installed in January.
College officials are looking into the possibility of architectural design work for the third floor of the building.
As part of requirements to meet LEED certification standards, tanks have been installed in the basement for rainwater harvesting. When completed, rainwater collected from the roof will be directed to restroom toilets.
A walkway is under construction which will provide another passage from the courtyard to buildings on the south side of campus.
Parking, Driving and Getting Around Campus:
- The Continuing Education Office moved from Room 326 to Founders Hall to make way for a new walkway which is in progress.
- Construction of the north entrance to campus (closest to Route 6) is complete, and is right turn only for those exiting campus. The south entrance off Route 177 has been widened to accommodate a new traffic signal, which was installed in August.
- Parking in the Bidstrup Hall parking lot and along the grassy area next to the back of the 600 Building is no longer available since these are now part of the fenced-off construction area.
- Extra security will be assigned to the main parking lots at the beginning of fall 2012 semester to help keep traffic flowing.
Entry and Exit from Buildings:
- Those entering the 600 Building will have to use entrances other than the back entrance facing Route 6. Those who wish to exit through this door will only be able to go left due to the temporary construction fencing.
- All other buildings are unaffected.
Other Project Details and Miscellaneous Facts:
- In compliance with CT statute for new state buildings, Tunxis is meeting the LEED point certification process. At the end of the project, the building will at least meet the LEED silver standard.
- A ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new building is tentatively planned for fall semester 2013.
- The steel structure was topped off on August 3, 2012.
- December 6, 2011 marks the official start date of Phase II construction.
- The construction schedule for state projects is based on the contract signing date. The contractor must start the project within days of the contract signing.
- The construction site is a restricted area where hard hats are required.