Construction start: August 2014
Completion: August 2016
The Dr. Nettie Maria Stevens Science and Innovation Center is the newest academic building to be completed at the school in more than 40 years. The project is the culmination of more than five years of planning and collaboration among the university faculty and staff as members of the Westfield State Science Center Steering Committee and various state agencies with whom the committee worked hand-in-hand including the Department of Higher Education (DHE), Massachusetts Department of Administration & Finance (A&F) and the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM).
The new building is essential to the university’s STEM programming, including the new program in Nursing and the planned Health Sciences degree. Additionally, Biology and Environmental Science (the only one at a state university) are among the fastest growing majors at the University and the growth of these programs has pushed the demand for space past current lab capacity.
The 54,000 square foot building will house laboratories for all science concentrations including a nursing suite. The science building will be adjacent to Wilson Hall and visible from Western Avenue.
The estimated cost of the building is $33 million per a State of Massachusetts 2008 revenue bond. The funds allocated for the building are released to and managed by the DCAMM who overseas building projects on behalf of the Commonwealth. The money does not go to the university.
DCAMM selected Cambridge Seven Associates as the building architect and Walsh Brothers Construction as the general contractor who also completed University Hall, Westfield State’s newest residence hall that opened in the fall of 2013.
Westfield State is committed to minimizing the university’s impact on the natural environment, and the project team will design the building to achieve a minimum LEED silver rating from the USGBC rating system.
Curt Robie, Assistant Vice President, Facilities and Operations
Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.