March 8, 2016

For immediate release

Contact: Esther Watstein

Ground Breaking Celebration for Housatonic Community College Expansion

Rendering of the expanded façade of HCC Lafayette Hall

The public is invited to attend the Housatonic Community College expansion Ground Breaking ceremony on Thursday, March 10 at 1 p.m. The ceremony will take place in the HCC courtyard. The following reception will be in Beacon Hall. Parking is available in the HCC garage.

HCC President Dr. Paul Broadie, Master of Ceremonies for the Ground Breaking, has announced that many state and city dignitaries are expected to attend, including Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim, President of the Board of Regents for Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Mark Ojakian, and Deputy Commissioner, State Department of Administrative Services Pasqualie J. Salemi.

Several State legislators are also expected including Representatives John Shaban, Steve Stafstrom, and Ben McGorty.

The 47,372 square foot addition will create a new Welcome Center enabling students to move more easily through the enrollment and registration process and additionally office space. Renovated spaces of 34,000 sq. ft. will enlarge the college library, academic support center, create new science labs, and additional offices for student services.

HCC President Paul Broadie says, “The new space will allow us to expand academic programs and provide new ones to meet today’s employment requirements. We are projecting adding programs specifically in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) courses.”

The $37.5 million project is expected to create over 600 construction-related jobs.

The college is continuing all normal procedures and activities throughout the construction process. The Burt Chernow Galleries are open and exhibits are scheduled.

Construction is expected to be completed in 2017 in time for the college’s 50th anniversary.