After serving Endicott well over the last 50 years, we are saying goodbye to the West Classroom Building (formerly the Art Center). It was turned over to Windover Construction yesterday, who will begin dismantling the building to make way for a new chapter in Endicott’s story, the new building for Life Science and Business. When completed in summer of 2013 this new structure will usher a new era for the College.
For sixty years, thousands of Endicott students learned to appreciate, love, and value art in their lives and in their professions at the old art center. Under the leadership of David Broudo, art and design flourished in the Center; over the next few weeks we will celebrate what was accomplished there, and how one of Endicott’s greatest strengths was the arts.
Though we remember and value the past, the time has come to create something new. Now, the site will bring new energy and opportunities for future Endicott College students and faculty.
We’re beyond excited about the new space that will be going up; after many long months of planning, it will be wonderful to see all these ideas built and put to use! With 67,000 square feet of space to be used for business, computer science, math, and life sciences, the School of Business will have state-of-the-art classrooms, seminar rooms, team-building rooms, research facilities, and offices.
The building will be divided into two large wings with a grand foyer that overlooks the Endicott lakes. Dedicated space for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Computer Science will be located in the Business wing. Life Science and biotechnology will be located in a separate wing with dedicated classrooms for biology and microbiology, cell-molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry/biochemistry, physical sciences, environmental sciences, as well as dry and wet labs, prep rooms, and workrooms. A STEM incubator lab will be created to stimulate start-up business ventures. A small robotics lab and general research labs will complete the science wing. Both wings will be connected by a large three-story glass study and recreation lobby as well as a 160-seat lecture hall. The building will be open for 18 hours a day which will help encourage student research and group projects.
We were fortunate to be able to begin construction on the new Life Science/Biotech and Business School six months before originally scheduled, which will help us defray some costs and enjoy the building sooner (opening is slated for fall 2013). After salvaging valuable building supplies, equipment, and furniture from the interior, allowing seniors and art students inside to take advantage of the blank walls (what a great time!), and also welcoming in various local Fire Departments for important training exercises (they were especially excited to cut holes in the roof and knock out a few windows), we’re ready to begin the next phase. In the next few weeks, the construction fence and conservation containment barriers will be installed. By the end of February the building will be demolished.
Like the Center for the Arts, the Life Science/Biotech and Business Building will become a highlight of our campus. We believe the multi-use environment will encourage and stimulate faculty and student research and group projects as well as adding to the aesthetics of our beautiful campus.
Along with the completion of the new building, we have plans for outlying spaces that will be improved as well.
A series of brick walkways and outdoor patios will connect the Wax Academic Center, Halle Library, and this new building. The lawn will extend from the campus entrance to the new building. Ultimately, a bridge from the front of the new building across the pond to the library will be added.
Once the Life Sciences and Business building is completed, we will commence major renovations in the Wax Academic Center. Renovated and expanded labs for Nursing, expanded space for Education, Communication, and International Studies will be undertaken in 2013-2014. In 2013 we will begin yet another construction project that will enlarge the Callahan Center to include a new kitchen, new and expanded serving stations, increased seating, relocated bookstore and post office, and finally, student space for clubs and organizations.
We’re looking at many years of improvements and exciting new spaces. We hope you’re looking forward to it as much as we are, and we appreciate your patience as we all work within the inconveniences that will sometimes be caused by the construction. Sometimes these ‘growing pains’ may make us uncomfortable, but the future we’re headed towards holds some wonderful payoffs.