Campus Expansion Update: March 22, 2013

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.

Tunxis Students: Participate in the Art Installation and Become a Part of Tunxis History!

“Passing Through,” a public art project for the Phase II construction new building, includes installation of life-sized stainless steel silhouettes of human figures on the walls of the new building. The theme is of people engaged in a trek and is intended as a metaphor for the educational journey. Tunxis students will model for the silhouettes, so the project will represent a snapshot in the history of the College at the time when the expansion was completed. Students who participate in this project will receive a stipend of $250 and have their silhouettes immortalized on the wall of the new building.

To be considered for this project, you must be a current Tunxis student. You’ll need to submit a written response explaining your journey to Tunxis—the significant circumstances and events that led you to Tunxis Community College, and the ways in which Tunxis has affected your life. We hope to represent diverse stories and backgrounds. Approximately 30 to 40 students, selected on the basis of their essays, will then model for the silhouettes and become part of this permanent wall installation. The essays will become part of a website associated with the project. Interested students should email their essay (prior to send of the semester) or questions to Brad Guarino, the artist, at brad@bradguarino.com.

The artwork project is required by a Connecticut law that requires “not less than 1% of the cost of construction or substantial renovation of publicly accessible state buildings be allocated for the commission or purchase of artworks for that building.”

Phase II

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 March 2013, the project is 77% complete.

Exterior brick installation is 95% complete, and roof work is nearing completion. Exterior window installation and electrical work are 80% complete.

Photo taken March 31, 2013

Photo taken March 31, 2013

Sheet rock installation is 90% complete and ceiling grid has been installed. Classroom and exterior hallway walls are currently being painted. Tile floor installation of bathrooms is in progress.

Cabling for computer networks will start during the end of March.

A bid was advertised for furniture. Furnishings are expected to be delivered in mid-July.

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.

View from the second floor, taken March 31.

View from the second floor, taken March 31.

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.