BANGOR, Maine — Most major building projects start with a groundbreaking ceremony. In Bangor, Husson University is marking the start of work on an $11 million Living and Learning Center with a “steel-raising” ceremony.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday.
Instead of a traditional ground-breaking ceremony, guests will have an opportunity to sign a piece of steel that will be displayed in the lobby when the building’s complete.
The planned five-story multi-purpose building will include experiential learning spaces, classrooms, faculty offices and suite-style living space for 245 students. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2012.
According to Husson, members of it board of trustees, faculty, staff, and students will attend the steel-raising ceremony alongside representatives from Winton Scott Architects of Portland and Allied Cook of Scarborough, the architectural firm and contractor hired for the project.
“This is an exciting time for Husson University,” states Richard Trott, Husson alumnus and chairman of the board. “The benefits to the Living and Learning Center are two-fold; it will address our housing shortage and provide unique classroom spaces so that all of our programs benefit from experiential learning.”
Unlike traditional classrooms, experiential learning spaces are outfitted with two-way mirrors, storage props, flexible furniture, communications technology and more to allow students to practice and observe real-life scenarios. The business program will use the space to conduct simulated board meetings and web-based team analysis while the professor walks the class through the process step-by-step.
Legal studies students, such as those studying to work as crime scene investigators, according to Husson, will use the space to investigate mock crime scene scenarios. Counseling students pursuing their licensure will conduct and record mock counseling sessions, providing the opportunity for their peers and the professor to offer feedback.