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Worcester State and QCC Receive State Funding for New Construction

Friday, June 26, 2015

 

On Thursday morning Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) and Senate Majority Leader Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester) announced the release of $27 million in state fudning for capital projects on the Worcester State University (WSU) and Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) campuses.

The funding for the projects was initially approved by the Legislature in a Higher Education Bond Bill back in 2008.

“As Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, I recognize the importance of having 21st century public college and university campuses that can compete on a global stage” said Sen. Moore. “These critical investments are evidence of the state’s continued commitment to bring campus capital projects to completion.”

“The projects authorized by the Higher Education Bond Bill are of vital importance to the communities we represent and the constituents that we serve,” said Sen. Chandler.  “It is important that the Commonwealth continues to follow through on its commitment to support these projects.”

Sen. Chandler, along with Sen. Moore, recently submitted a letter to the Governor encouraging release of authorized funds from the Higher Education Bond Bill to help bring numerous outstanding projects on public college campuses to fruition. The letter was endorsed by a bipartisan group of nearly 100 other legislators in both the House and Senate.

QCC will receive $8.25 million in FY2016 to support ongoing construction of the new Science and Technology Building known as the QuEST Center. The new 30,000 square foot facility broke ground in April of last year.

WSU will receive $18.7 million to continue construction of the campus’ Wellness Center. This 101,000 square foot multipurpose facility features new instructional space, a competition gymnasium, a two-court, multi-purpose gymnasium, walking track, two-story fitness center, three multi-functional exercise rooms, golf simulator, and community space.

 

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