Yesterday afternoon was a historic day at Western New England College. Hundreds of people gathered in the new $40 million, 127,000 square foot center for sciences and pharmacy's ribbon-cutting ceremony. This four-story building took nearly 16 months to complete but after personally attending the ceremony yesterday I must say that it was worth all of the time, effort, and dollars. This building was made possible through the tireless efforts of so many through the Western New England family and the Greater Springfield community. In a rough economic time the college and its Board of Trustees vowed to have the building completed and also created 120 new construction jobs in the process.
This new center will be home to our newest school, pharmacy, as well as a brand new neuroscience major that was made possible through the generous donation of Business school graduate Kevin S. Delbridge. In addition to these new programs, the center will hold the college's existing biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and forensics classes. 80 faculty members will have offices located in this building and the center could hold up to 900 students at a given time. Certainly this is a monumental day in the history of Western New England College and the possibilities that exist for our students, faculty, and staff seem endless with the technology that now will be at the hands of those in our campus community. Check out some of the pictures from yesterday's events and hopefully you'll be able to see the building yourself in the near future!