Sleith Hall Expansion and Renovation will Take
the College of Engineering to "Even Greater Heights"
The $12.8 million project supports remarkable educational strides taking place in the building: new programs, growing student enrollments and faculty, an increase in research, and more collaboration with industry.
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Above: An artist rendering of the Biomedical Engineering simulated hospital suite as part of then new Sleith Hall learning environment.
Below: the two-story, 8,600-square-foot addition that will be built on the south side of the building.
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Sleith Hall Project Sets the Stage for Innovation
Sleith Hall’s renovation and expansion, begun in summer 2012, is already providing a tremendous boost to the College of Engineering's new and foundational programs. The project is attracting more students and faculty, increasing research, and accelerating collaboration with industry. And when the $12.8 million construction is completed in 2014, it will include a two-story, 8,600-square-foot addition to the south side of Sleith Hall, along with a major renovation of the existing building’s interior. View photos and video of work being done on the building.
“The alumni I’ve talked to are extremely enthusiastic about the metamorphosis of Sleith Hall—and justifiably so,” said College of Engineering Dean S. Hossein Cheraghi. “It will provide a premier home for our excellent and expanding programs. The laboratories and classrooms will be equipped with the latest technology and will greatly enhance our competitive position in the world of higher education.”
Re-engineering Sleith Hall
A new computer facility, a materials characterization lab, and a biofuel lab have already been completed as a part of this project (construction took place durring the summer of 2012 so as not to interrupt classes). Coming in the next 14 months will be:
- A second computer facility
- Four laboratory facilities for the Civil and Environmental Engineering program
- Freshman Design and Innovation Lab
- An expanded Instrumentation Lab
- A hospital suite, built to simulate a hospital environment for the rapidly growing program in Biomedical Engineering
Additional classrooms, offices, conference rooms, and increased space for student services are also in development. Structural changes include upgrading the building’s HVAC, electrical, and sprinkler systems, disability access improvements, and technology upgrades in classrooms.
An Investment in the Future
“My reaction upon hearing about the Sleith Hall project? Great pleasure and excitement. I immediately made a gift to the College of Engineering,” said Dr. Walter M. Presz, founder of FloDesign, which specializes in renewable energy and is a prime example of the College’s increasing collaboration with industry.
“I taught at the College of Engineering for 20 years and have worked with countless students,” says Dr. Presz. “I am proud to invest in our outstanding engineers of tomorrow and their faculty mentors, and I encourage others to do the same. This is an investment in future innovations from our College that will benefit society.”
To support the Sleith project, please visit www.wne.edu/giving, call 800-325-1122, ext. 1335, or send a check payable to Western New England University to:
Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119