Sacred Heart University broke ground Tuesday, May 7, on the largest new academic building in the school’s 50-year history. Located on the corner of Park and Jefferson Streets, the 125,000-square-foot structure will house the John F. Welch College of Business and the Department of Communication & Media Studies – one of Sacred Heart’s fastest-growing programs.
“This is an exciting time for the University. This building represents our growth and our commitment to provide our students with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. It is especially fitting as we approach the 50th anniversary of the University that we are able to successfully meld our past with the future and provide a strong liberal arts education enhanced by the technological advances of the 21st century,” said University President John J. Petillo.
“The College of Business has outgrown its current location on the second floor of Roncalli Hall and is ready to begin a new chapter,” said John Chalykoff, dean of the College. Chalykoff is particularly excited about the active trading floor that is planned for the building.
“We are pleased to be moving into a new facility for the Welch College that will bring together faculty, staff and students in one location. It will allow for the creation of new and innovative educational experiences and facilitate research and novel pedagogy,” Chalykoff said. “The building is designed, through smart classrooms, interactive labs and open spaces, to foster engaged learning – high levels of interaction between students, faculty and the world beyond. For us, this is not merely a new building; it is the start of a new and exciting chapter in the educational mission of the Welch College of Business.”
The Department of Communication & Media Studies’ new home will include two large studios for television, video and film production, as well as industry-standard post-production facilities, screening venues and multimedia classrooms. Communication & media students will also benefit from new spaces for the student-produced newspaper, radio station and television programs.