Governor Announces $36M Commitment to new Science Building at CCCC

Governor Deval Patrick today committed the state to providing $36 million to the College for the construction of a new building focused on supporting the STEM disciplines, encouraging innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Governor made the announcement in Hyannis during a tour of the Cape in which he promoted new investment by the state in projects and programs that would grow the economy. President Cox met the Governor prior to today’s announcement, and noted the College’s appreciation for the significant investment.

Govenor Patrick (left), Tom Cahir, President Cox (right)“We’re very excited by this investment in our students and faculty, and to empower the innovation economy in our region. We believe strongly that innovation is this region’s future, and we are committed to being a powerful force as it progresses. This commitment by the Commonwealth will create state-of-the-art facilities in which passionate educators, and visionary innovators, will use the most current knowledge and technology to inspire our students and advance the region’s economy,” the President stated.

Image: President Cox (right) greeting Governor Patrick (left). Looking on is Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administer Tom Cahir (center).

“At the same time, we cannot lose sight of the very challenging environment in which the College finds itself today. Operational dollars are very constrained, and the changing demographics of the Cape region are resulting in shrinking enrollments, right now. We’re extremely excited about the great opportunity in front of us, but temper that excitement with the acknowledgement that the fiscal challenges remain great,” he concluded.

The building remains at the concept stage and is planned to be around 52,000 square feet. Early concepts call for a flexible modular layout with labs to support biology, chemistry, physics and astronomy classes, advanced manufacturing and engineering, along with environmental science and renewable energy. A more modular approach to the design would permit reconfiguration as technology changed or the region’s needs moved in new directions.

Concept of the new science buildingPDF document (please note: plans are in the concept stage)

“I’m hopeful we will include what today is known as a "fab lab" and "maker space" where individuals, even emerging entrepreneurs would experiment with and demonstrate new technology,” the President noted.

The project has been on the state’s “to do” list since 2008’s bonding bill, and it will take years more to come to fruition, in partnership with the state Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, which is responsible for state-owned building projects.