Schematic design proposal of new residence hall planned to open Fall 2015.

New, Groundbreaking Residence Hall for CCSU

Schematic design proposal of new residence hall planned to open Fall 2015.

Schematic design proposal of new residence hall planned to open Fall 2015.  Photo: The SLAM Collaborative

By Jacqueline Stoughton

Construction crews at CCSU will be breaking ground on a two-year project to build a new residence hall, adding to the nine existing ones; this will be the largest residency out of all four CSU schools.

The new structure will be located “down the hill,” in the open greenery between the Student Center parking garage and Ella Grasso Boulevard. The university intends to have the building ready for student move-in at the start of fall 2015 semester.

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Less Parking, More Problems

By Acadia Otlowski

Students who normally park in the Student Center garage and parking lot are in for continued parking woes due CCSU’s newest construction project that has closed over 100 parking spots.

According to a statement by Richard Bachoo, chief administrative officer, these lots will be blocked off for the next two years in order to create both a buffer zone for the construction sight and an area for parking construction vehicles.

“Due to the delivery of large construction materials, the University will be creating a construction entry point off of Ella Grasso Blvd. to reduce the commingling of the university’s general operation[s] and the construction project,” said Bachoo in the statement.

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‘Social Sciences Hall’ To Be Finished By June

By Kassondra Granata

After ten years in the making, CCSU Project Manager James Grupp said that the construction of the new academic building, “Social Sciences Hall” is coming to a close. By mid March, Gilbane, the company that has been working on the building since fall 2011 will turn over the rest of the project to CCSU.

According to Grupp, the group is a “little bit” behind schedule- 21 days behind. Grupp said that this is because there were a few construction and design issues that needed to be addressed. Inspectors have found a few “typical project related issues” that needed to be fixed by the contractor. Grupp said that it was nothing “earth-shattering” and quite common.

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DOT Gives Tour Of CTfastrak

By Rachael Bentley 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation conducted a CTfastrak construction tour and project update for the future New Britain Station site last Wednesday, including a ceremonial unveiling of the first CTfastrak “Coming Soon” station sign.

Featured event speakers included CCSU President, Jack Miller, New Britain Mayor, Tim O’Brien, and Connecticut Lieutenant Governor, Nancy Wyman.

Also invited to the event were the members of the construction team, who are in charge of building the $27 million New Britain Station.

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CCSU Begins Interior Of Academic Building

By Acadia Otlowski

According to James Grupp, CCSU Project Manager, the new academic building’s exterior is almost complete and work has been started on the inside.

“The building is on budget; it is slightly behind schedule but the contractor has the plan to make up that time,” said Grupp, mentioning that the group will have to work some Saturdays. “The completion is planned for the end of February, and the opening of the building is planned for summer of 2013.”

Grupp said that Gillbane, the company constructing the building, is working on the outside, and are about three quarters of the way through the brick.”

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