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Thursday October 06, 2016

State Division of Construction Services and Northwestern Connecticut Community College Plan Groundbreaking for Joyner Health Science Center

WINSTED, CT – October 6, 2016 - The State of Connecticut and Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) will host a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the construction of a new Joyner Health Science Center at the NCCC campus in Winsted on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 10 am.

The event will take place on the Portico of NCCC’s Founders Hall at the corner of Route 44 West and Route 8 North in Winsted.

The Joyner Health Science Building is being built on the southern side of Route 44 at the eastern end of the campus.

The almost $27 million project consists of two floors and 24,400 gross square feet of new space.  This construction project involves the Educational teaching and learning space for Veterinary Technicians and Healthcare students at NCCC, the construction of a brand new building and parking lot, and demolition of the existing building. Completion is scheduled for June 2017.

Department of Administrative Services Commissioner Melody A. Currey said, "The Department of Administrative Services is proud to be a part of projects like these in Connecticut.  It's been said time and time again that community colleges are our country's best kept secret.  Well, Northwestern Connecticut Community College isn't keeping this new facility a secret.  We're excited for the ground breaking of the Joyner Health Science Center and look forward to the accomplishments the students here at NCCC will have in the future, once it's completed."

Dr. Michael Rooke, NCCC President, stated, “I would like to acknowledge the dedication of many of our elected officials who brought this new building to reality. Now, as our new Joyner Health Science Center is being realized, I am especially excited that our Veterinary Technology and Medical Assisting students will have a state of the art building in which to learn and in due course, contribute to the economic vitality of northwestern Connecticut, for many years to come.”

The architect is Northeast Collaborative Architects, Sean Donadio, Andrea Torizzo, and Chris Speeg. The general contractor for the project is Lawrence Brunoli, Inc. Larry Brunoli Jr, Peter Gavin, and Jim Wompler. The Construction Administrator is Downes Construction Company, Joe DeSanti, and Tom Sheard.

The speakers participating in the groundbreaking program, in addition to Mark E. Ojakian, President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), and NCCC President Michael Rooke, will be Representative Roberta Willis, Representative Jay Case, Department of Administrative Services Deputy Commissioner, Bud Salemi and Town of Winsted Manager, Bob Geiger.

The first floor of the Joyner Health Science Center will contain the Veterinary Technology Program, and the second floor will house the Allied Health Program.  The first floor will consist of a surgical suite, an X-Ray area, an animal dental area, a mock reception area, two general classrooms and a hematology laboratory. The second floor will be comprised of three Allied Health classrooms and a computer lab.

Northwestern Connecticut Community College was founded in 1965.   Its student body consists of approximately 1,500 students.

The Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (CT DAS), Division of Construction Services (DCS) is the state’s primary department for executive and judicial branch construction-related services; administration of the state school construction grant program; and development, administration and training of state building and fire safety codes.

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