October 13, 2010
Framingham State University will soon begin work on a $63 million project to renovate and expand Hemenway Hall, the campus’s largest academic building. On October 12, 2010, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray was joined by FSU’s President Flanagan, Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland, state Senator Karen Spilka and other state and local officials and guests at an event announcing the project. Plans call for the addition of 20 state-of-the-art science laboratories and the renovation and expansion of existing instructional space. The need for the science facility emerged as a top priority for the university following a 2007 analysis of FSU’s physical plant. The additions will be "state-of-the-art" laboratories Flanagan said, and will be a significant upgrade to existing facilities. Upon completion of the project, Hemenway will be a “green” facility; designers are setting a goal of LEED Silver status for the new building. Notably, the project was not initially included in a state spending plan to fund facilities improvements at the Commonwealth’s state universities, a decision that resulted in an energetic petitioning and letter-writing campaign orchestrated by students, faculty, alumni, university administrators, and regional business leaders. Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland paid tribute to that effort, declaring "This community has gotten this done." Construction is slated to begin next year with a completion date in 2014.
About Framingham State University
Framingham State University offers prepared and motivated students a wide range of challenging undergraduate and graduate programs. Located just 20 miles from Boston, the college offers many options for students to engage in real-world learning both on its quintessential New England campus and in Boston and its thriving MetroWest region.