For Immediate Release - October 07, 2009

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR STATE OF THE ART SCIENCE BUILDING AT BRIDGEWATER STATE COLLEGE

BOSTON - Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - With a continued focus on job creation and economic recovery, Governor Patrick unveiled the Administration's latest five-year capital investment plan today, calling for significant investment in the Commonwealth's transportation, education, public safety, housing and environmental infrastructure and assets.

Among the projects included in the Fiscal Year 2010-2014 plan are millions of dollars for construction and modernization of the Marshall Conant Science Building at Bridgewater State College.

"This investment, along with many others in regions across the state, will put people back to work and keep Massachusetts on the road to economic recovery," said Governor Patrick. "The affordable, targeted projects included in this capital plan will help address our short-term challenges and lay the foundation for long-term economic growth."

"Even during these difficult fiscal times, we are committed to making smart investments for the long-term that will help spur the Commonwealth's economic recovery," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray. "The projects contained in the capital plan will help improve the state's infrastructure in communities across the Commonwealth and at the same time create jobs for our residents."

The Governor's capital plan commits to funding the full cost of the building over the course of the project, estimated at approximately $100 million, including $13.5 million in Fiscal Year 2010.

The Marshall Conant Science Building houses the college's programs in biology, chemistry and physics. Once the renovation is complete, the building will be transformed into the Conant Science Center.

The Marshall Conant Science Building was opened in 1964, and houses classrooms, laboratories, a lecture hall, and a host of modern equipment that will allow students hands-on, practical experience.

"I am pleased that Governor Patrick has chosen to continue to invest in the future of Southeastern Massachusetts," said Senator Marc R. Pacheco. "This Science Center will be a state of the art facility that will ensure Massachusetts is able to remain competitive in both the short and long term. This center will not only create new jobs in construction but will also create new jobs in science, technology, bio-technology, and engineering. In short, this center will be a catalyst for the jobs of the future. I look forward to working alongside the Patrick-Murray Administration and Bridgewater State College to make this Center a success."

"I am delighted that the capital funding approved by the Bonding Committee last session and supported by Governor Patrick for the transformation of the Conant Science Building will place Bridgewater State College at the center of scientific study and research in New England," said Representative David L. Flynn, Dean of the House.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the building October 30th.

The Patrick-Murray Administration's FY10-14 Capital Plan is a five-year plan that reflects the current economic challenges the state is facing during this global recession. While the Administration continues to make significant, worthwhile investments in key areas including higher education, transportation and the innovation economy, the FY10 bond cap of $1.5 billion has been reduced by $226 million or 13 percent from the amount planned for FY10 in the five-year plan published last year.

To read the full plan, please visit www.mass.gov/capital

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