Nichols College is embarking on a new, $7 million building project that is sure to change the face of its campus: a new Campus Center will be built on the footprint where Alumni Hall now stands on Center Road. Construction starting in April 2011 will take approximately 16 months to complete.
“A learning and living environment that promotes the curricular and co-curricular pursuits of our students has always been a priority of Nichols Board of Trustees,” states Vice President for Enrollment & Marketing Thomas R. Cafaro. "We hope to open the Center in August of 2012."
Within its 26,600 square feet, the three-level Campus Center will house multi-purpose class/conference rooms, offices for student services and student activities, gathering space for students, alternative food service, and entertainment and recreational areas.
Associate Vice President for Buildings & Grounds, Bob LaVigne, states that in March 2011 key support departments will be relocated to temporary facilities, including the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Health Services, Public Safety, and Student Activities.
LaVigne envisions a redirection of pedestrian traffic around the construction site on Center Road and Healy Road. And while the Snack Bar will be closed, Dennis Santelli, general manager of Sodexo Dining Services, is reviewing tasty, new food items for Davis Café.
LaVigne says his sixth building project is an important one because it connects the upper and lower campus with a facility that promotes interaction between students. “Spaces between buildings are just as important as the building itself,” he explains. In fact, the lower level will house a coffee shop surrounded by a courtyard to encourage students to socialize with friends.
The Campus Center is sure to become the heart of Nichols College's friendly community on the Hill.