New Center to Receive Stained Glass Windows
Since the June 2012 groundbreaking ceremony, the new Center for Natural and Health Sciences has risen steadily, steel beam by steel beam, permanently changing the campus landscape.
Slated for a January 2014 opening, the building is beginning to resemble its immediate neighbors, promising to blend into the campus once it is completed. Although on the inside it will feature the most technologically advanced facilities on the Elms College campus, the exterior was designed to reflect the aesthetics of O'Leary Hall and Berchmans Hall, from small architectural details, to the same sloping roof, to an identical brick facade pattern.
While it's new construction, the building will also call back to the college's traditional Catholic founding with a series of stained-glass windows graciously donated by the Diocese of Springfield. Set to occupy interior and exterior spaces the four windows are undergoing extensive restoration and reassembly in the workshop of local glass artisans to fit seamlessly in their new home. The impressive design and details of the windows closely mirror those found in Our Lady's Chapel and Berchmans Hall.
This summer, all staff and faculty offices will be moved out of Berchmans Hall in order to allow a retrofitting of a new fire sprinkler system and constructing a connection from Berchmans Hall to the new building. Offices will be temporarily relocated to the Alumnae Library and O'Leary Hall.
Even with the construction stretching across the next few months, the progress on the center is hard to miss. To follow along with the construction, remember to visit the photo album on Facebook to see the latest images and look back on the early days.