Nearly 8,000 students were welcomed for the first day of classes at the Church Street campus September 4, a day buy valium three years in the making for the $198 million, 367,000-square-foot facility. An estimated 11,000 students will take classes buy xanax this academic year in the school’s more than 90 degree and certification programs.
valium online An enthusiastic Matt Feiner, owner of the Devil's Gear Bike Shop, joined with other merchants to welcome students to downtown.
The two new buildings, which sit on two city blocks and are connected by a three-story bridge over George Street, house 90 classrooms and laboratories, a three-story library and learning commons, a cafeteria, culinary center, bookstore, art gallery, community center and small-business center.
Gateway’s new digs replace two former campuses at Long Wharf and in North Haven. The new, modern facility increases Gateway’s enrollment capacity by 50 percent. However, some courses requiring additional space, such as those for the school’s automotive program, will remain at the North Haven campus.
The campus has its own dedicated 600-space parking garage, with an entrance on Crown Street. Traffic the morning of September 4 was heavy between Route 34 and Crown Street, with multiple officers directing the morning rush. The Temple Street garage — which validates parking for students in 700 leased spaces — was full by 8:30 a.m., and commuters were directed into the Gateway garage, which is typically open only to students with a valid student ID.
The influx of thousands more people downtown has been met mostly with enthusiasm by local businesses, which welcome the additional foot traffic. Many were on hand during the August 29 grand opening event to welcome and offer information to newcomers. CTTransit also has been a regular fixture in the school’s main lobby promoting public transportation and offering month-long free bus passes for students with valid IDs. Officials hope students at the commuter school will rely more on using the buses to ease automobile traffic on downtown streets.
Construction of the campus was managed by Dimeo Construction, which has offices in New Haven, administered by Glastonbury-based Gilbane Building Co., and contracted by the state’s Department of Construction Services. The project was the largest public project in the state, as well as the largest on any college campus.
The building was designed with green standards in mind, and is expected to achieve final LEED certification this fall from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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