As our second major project at Housatonic Community College (HCC), Newfield broke ground on the last phase of the school’s master plan which consisted of a new 4-story, 47,000sf addition and 25,000sf of phased renovation. This project strictly adhered to Connecticut’s High Performance Building Standards and LEED Silver Certification. In November of 2015, Newfield also completed the $40M reconstruction of Beacon Hall.
The renovation area included the library, student services suites, an academic support center, media services, science and math spaces as well as creating a new surgical tech program. The addition included a new “Welcome Center,” student services suites, multi-purpose spaces, classrooms and computer labs as well as the College’s Art Department.
A renovation of the existing central plant including new chillers and boilers was also completed with new domestic water, fire, sanitary and gas services being tied into the new addition. Because of the College’s expensive art collection, these services needed to be routed around the existing lobby and art gallery, requiring complex MEP coordination. Electrical services included underground duct bank and manhole system, transformers and telecomm. New rooftop handling units were also installed.
This urban site allowed for virtually no laydown area and needed a creative site logistics plan to accommodate construction. Also included was extensive site clearing and earthwork along with a new connector to the parking area, new vehicular drop off loop, curb cuts, handicapped spaces, ramps with handrails, integrated planting beds, hardscape terrace and several trees.
As CM at Risk, Newfield worked closely with the State of Connecticut’s Department of Construction Services, HCC and Amenta Emma Architects to develop budgets, schedule, logistics and phasing plans for this year-round and evening-occupied campus building.