On Friday September 21, a ribbon-cutting ceremony opened the new Southern Connecticut State University School of Business. A host of State, University and local dignitaries attended including Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Department of Construction Services Deputy Commissioner Pasquale “Bud” Salemi, President of SCSU Mary Papazian, Dean of the School of Business Ellen Durnin, New Haven Chamber of Commerce President Anthony Rescigno, Business School student Chase Fuller and Mayor John DeStefano.
In his remarks, Deputy Commissioner Salemi said, “This project is a success on every level. The design team from Tecton Architects provided an adaptive re-use of an aging student center, created the new School of Business and achieved a LEED Silver Certification in the process; a difficult task in itself with a renovation. The attractive new façade and atrium are now the highlight of Southern’s entrance to the SCSU Campus.
Department of Construction Services Deputy Commissioner Bud Salemi
With a $6 million price-tag it’s not our biggest project but it is certainly a huge success. Nosal Builders, Inc. finished this project a month ahead of schedule allowing the Business School earlier than planned occupancy and actually completed the construction under the original budget. DCS’s staff, Bob Prentice and Bob Cane, have insisted that Nosal’s Project Manager, Sarah Tierney, deserves the largest share of credit for the schedule success.
Project team photo (from l to r): Robert Prentice, DCS Project Manager; Robert Sheeley, Vice President of Facilities Management at SCSU; Robert Cane, DCS Assistant Project Manager; Bud Salemi, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Construction Services; Emilio Pizzoferrato, DCS Assistant Director of Project Management.
Completing projects on budget and on schedule are the goals DCS will seek to fulfill for every project we undertake. And for SCSU we are about to take on two major projects that will move forward after years of delays and cost over-runs. The completion of Buley Library is already underway along with the Academic Lab building which is scheduled to start in a few months. We expect to complete the new garage at Moore Field House on schedule, and at some point in the near future we should see upwards of 300 construction workers on site at Southern alone supporting Connecticut State University System’s academic success with new, state-of-the-art facilities and contributing to the Malloy-Wyman administration’s goal of putting people back to work in this industry to support our State’s economic recovery.
The Department of Construction Services and Southern Connecticut State University’s construction teams look forward to making its next project as successful as this.”