April 22, 2014
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USJ's Gengras Center remake starts May 2

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Rendering of the Center for Integrative Education that will link to its Gengras Center and be collectively known as the Center for Applied Research and Education (CARE).

The University of St. Joseph will launch construction in early May on the first of two building phases to broaden its West Hartford campus' facilities for learning, recreation and clinical research.

Groundbreaking is set for noon May 2 for the first phase, $10 million addition to its Gengras Center, the school said Tuesday.

The 30,000-square-foot Gengras Center opened in 1965 as the first of its kind to offer education and vocational training to middle-school pupils with cognitive, physical and behaviorial disabilities. It also serves as a teaching lab for future instructors.

Gengras' 22,000-square-foot expansion will add new classrooms for pupils with autism spectrum disorder, as well as therapy space, a gym, art room and music room. Phase I occupancy is set for June 1, 2015.

In Phase II, a 45,000-square-foot Center for Integrative Education will be built next door and link to Gengras Center.

When completed, both facilities will collectively be known as the Center for Applied Research and Education (CARE).

Phase I is fully funded, including a $1 million gift from area motor-vehicle dealer Clayton "Skip" Gengras Jr.; $4 million from the state; and $5 million in tax-credit funding through the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority, the school said. Phase II's cost, funding, start and completion are incomplete.

Hartford's JCJ Architecture is the designer. Farmington's FIP Construction is contractor.

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