Center for the Sciences & Pharmacy Building, Western New England University

Springfield, Massachusetts

This four-story, nearly 130,000-square-foot building provides state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories for the university’s biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and pharmacy programs.

A lecture hall with specialized audiovisual and sound systems is located prominently on each of the top three floors, which provides for large group presentations.

The building was constructed on rammed aggregate piers. Its exterior materials include brick, precast concrete, glass, and aluminum. The roof consists of both flat membrane and sloped membrane, which was colored and accented to look like a standing-seam copper roof. The building is highly energy efficient, with solar water-heating panels, chill-beam heating and air conditioning, motion-sensor lighting, and high-efficiency boilers and fixtures all reducing its environmental impact.

With a location at a main entry to a very active campus, Fontaine Bros. carefully coordinated project workers (parked off site) and the delivery of materials, with dates and times closely scheduled.

“When you work with Fontaine, you not only get the full attention of the outstanding field staff, you also get the full attention of David Sr. and David Jr. These gentlemen actively participate in the project from the earliest planning stages through full completion. Anything you need from them you can consider it done.”

C. Michael Duncan, Faciliites Manager Western New England University

Western New England University

Tessier Associates

Project Type:
New Construction


126,019 sq. ft.