Springfield College to Break Ground for New Campus UnionJune 12, 2008
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 12, 2008 – Springfield College will begin construction of a new campus union when its president, Richard B. Flynn, and representative of its board of trustees, James E. Walsh, turn the first shovel on Friday, June 13, 2008, at 7 p.m., on Naismith Green, before a reunion weekend audience of the college’s alumni, trustees, faculty, staff and students.
The site of the new campus union is that of the current Woods Hall, which will be demolished. In addition, the Beveridge Center, currently adjacent to Woods Hall, will be completely renovated and joined to the new campus union.
Scheduled to open in fall 2009, the new campus union and renovated Beveridge Center combined, at 58,500 square feet, will include outstanding facilities to support the college’s extensive student services programs.
Announcing the groundbreaking, Flynn said, “It is a proud moment for Springfield College to launch construction of this future hub of our campus, and the final building project of our comprehensive campaign. The new and renovated facilities will support a campus life and services that are integral to educating our students to become tomorrow’s leaders in fields of service to humanity.”
The new campus union and renovated Beveridge Center will include space for student programs, organizations and activities; international programs; and career services. Featured will be a food court for casual dining and snack service, bookstore, convenience store, post office, lounge and activity space, and a large multi-purpose room.
This new building project will be the latest of major construction, expansion and renovation at Springfield College supported by its comprehensive campaign. Under construction and scheduled to open this fall are a new wellness center and field house. In 2007, the college unveiled the Schoo-Bemis Science Center, a classroom building expanded and remodeled into a state-of-the-art science teaching facility.
Architect for the new campus union project is SMMA Symmes Maini & McKee Associates of Cambridge, Mass. The general contractor is Erland Construction, Inc., of Burlington, Mass.