Students at NVCC might know Founder’s Hall as the oldest part of the school, a building that was built in 1964. But after diligent planning and support from the state, this historic building will soon be the newest facility at the college, set to open in Spring 2017.
The news came from a Bond Commission meeting where the state approved $39 million to fund the creation of a state-of-the-art space for the school’s well respected Allied Health programs.
“The renovation of Founders Hall, a building with so much history and beloved by many of our founding faculty and alumni, is a powerful event,” wrote President De Filippis in a campus wide email. “We now embark on an opportunity to build and equip this wonderful building.
Since this project was so well planned, the details of its construction and purpose have already been laid out. The building will be 85,000 square feet, include a lecture hall stadium that seats 125 people, and feature a multi-purpose dividable room that seats up to 320 people.
The space will be home to the Nursing, Radiology Tech, Physical Therapy Assistant, and Respiratory Therapy programs. Additionally, all non-credit Allied Health programs will be housed in the building, and other programs will have classrooms available for them to use. The space will also be shared to accommodate programs at WestConn and UConn.
In the email she sent out, De Filippis thanked a number of people, including State Representative Jeff Berger, Senator Joan Hartley, and also State Representative Theresa Conroy. Within the walls of the building, however, it was Provost James Troup who played a big role in guiding the planning process for this ambitious new building.
“My involvement goes back to 2007, knowing that the building was very underutilized,” said Troup, “and it appeared that the real need was for a new Allied Health Building.”
One way this issue will be addressed with the new building is with state-of-the-art equipment such as a live X-ray machine and smart classrooms. “When we originally started planning, the architects said, ‘dream big’,” said the Division Director of Nursing and Allied Health, Eileen George. “[The students] will really have tremendous opportunity to learn on equipment used in a job setting.”