We celebrated the second phase of a multi-phase campus expansion project with the Grand Opening of our 600 Classroom Building Extension on August 22. The project expands the campus to 292,000 square feet.
Phase II included construction of a three-story, 56,000-square-foot classroom building which extends from the 600 Building and adds 20 classrooms to campus while making room for future office and meeting space. In the future, the third floor will be finished for college offices and meeting space.
“Passing Through,” a public art project for Phase II construction, includes life-sized stainless steel silhouettes of Tunxis students. The theme is of people engaged in a trek and is intended as a metaphor for the educational journey. Students with diverse stories and backgrounds modeled for the silhouettes. Their essays will become part of a website associated with the project.
The artwork, which will be installed in January 2014, 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.”
Other Project Details and Miscellaneous Facts:
- In compliance with Connecticut statute for new state buildings, the 600 Classroom Building Extension is a certified LEED (Leadership, Energy, Environmental Design) green building. Among the features are a 4,500 gallon storage tank for rainwater harvesting to service restrooms, motion sensor lighting, building products made of recycled materials, and a building design that makes efficient use of natural light.
- December 6, 2011 marks the official start date of Phase II construction.
- The steel structure was topped off on August 3, 2012.
- The project was completed August 18, 2013.
- 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.