Administrators, faculty, students, construction workers and other FSU community members donned hard hats and wielded shovels to celebrate the construction of the new residence hall during the groundbreaking ceremony on April 30.
President F. Javier Cevallos said the event’s connection to the week of inaugural events is a“symbolic gesture” and “highlighted our commitment to provide the best services we can to our students.”
He added that the opening of the new residence hall, following construction, will allow the University to go forward with repurposing O’Connor Hall into faculty offices and academic spaces.
This is called the “‘circle of campus’ capital master plan concept that was developed in 2007,” according to Executive Vice President Dale Hamel.
Construction has already begun on the site, Hamel said, adding that “much work has preceded this point – including needs analysis, campus master planning, site location, budget development, financing, and project study and design.”
The ceremony, he said, is a significant moment for the campus to celebrate the construction and all that led up to it.
Dean of Students Melinda Stoops agreed. She said, “It allows us to recognize the hard work that has been done to get us to this point in the project and the individuals involved in that work.”
CDIO Sean Huddleston said, “I believe that the significance of the groundbreaking represents an important fact that Framingham State University is a healthy and growing institution.”
He added that with growth in the student population comes a growth in the diversity of the student body, and he’s excited to see what that will bring to campus.
SGA President Kendall Valente was part of the groundbreaking ceremony. She said as a student who’s about to graduate, she’s excited to be a part of the changes on campus.
“When I come back in just a year or so, the campus will be completely changed, and 10 years from now it will likely be even more different. It is exciting to be a part of that change.”