Westfield State University Breaks Ground on University Hall Residence
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Walsh Brothers is Construction Manager; ADD Inc Project Architect for $59M complex
Westfield, MA, May 14, 2012— Westfield State University trustees, staff, and faculty along with and local and state officials celebrated the start of construction for University Hall, a $59 million student residence, with a groundbreaking ceremony held on May 12th at the project site. Construction manager for the 135,000 square foot residence is Walsh Brothers; ADD Inc. is the project architect. The Massachusetts State College Building Authority is funding and overseeing the project.
When completed next year, the 5-story University Hall will accommodate 410 students in semi-suite apartment units. The new residence hall will be built with environment-friendly materials and mechanical systems that will provide significant energy and water savings. The project is designed to meet the standards for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification from the US Green Buildings Council.
"An important element of the Westfield State experience is our residential environment. Fostering this experience facilitates our students' all-around development," said Evan S. Dobelle, president, Westfield State University. "Student input combined with the resources and support of the Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA) has produced a new student housing complex that represents a modern, engaging facility that will benefit campus life for years to come."
Last fall, Westfield State University Board of Trustees formally voted to undertake projects with a total capital cost of $73.8 million – the largest capital commitment in the history of Westfield State. University Hall is the flagship project in this expansion program.
About Walsh Brothers: A fourth generation-managed, family-owned firm, Walsh Brothers is known for contributing to the advancement of the construction industry and the community through community involvement and philanthropy, project innovation, leadership and collaboration and environmental stewardship. Over its 110-year history, the firm has had a major impact on Boston's skyline through construction of some of the city's largest and most complex buildings in the healthcare, research, academic, cultural, and arts markets. To find out more about Walsh Brothers visit us at www.walshbrothers.com.