DESCRIPTION: Housatonic Community College additions and renovations in Bridgeport (Project Number: BI-CTC-407)
CONTRACTOR: Newfield Construction
ARCHITECT: Perkins Eastman
CONSTRUCTION COST: $38 million
Scope of work for the adaptive reuse and expansion of an existing retail building, originally a Sears, Roebuck, and Co., into Beacon Hall, a multi-purpose academic facility. The 174,500 sf project, designed to accommodate Housatonic College’s expanding educational program, is integrated within the existing campus. The program comprises 30 general instruction classrooms 10 computer laboratories foreign language labs a cafeteria museum event space student life spaces wellness center for aerobics, cardio and dance; faculty offices; early childhood education space; and a bookstore. Core to the program was the expansion of student services and community outreach.
The cafeteria and special events banquet rooms can accommodate 450 seats, and the addition of a black box theater creates a fully instructional environment for the study of theater production. Expansive student lounges are interspersed throughout the building to provide alternative informal gathering/ instructional space for staff and students. A key feature of the interior is the integration of a wayfinding system that enhances the location of the public circulation elements. Art exhibition space is also provided throughout public areas of the building for a collection that includes a rotation of more than 5,000 works.
Location: Bridgeport, CT, US