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Brennan Continues Work on Science/Engineering Center

Wilkins Science and Engineering Center / Rendering courtesy of Payette

Barnstable, MA – Brennan Consulting, Inc. is currently working on Cape Cod Community College’s (CCCC) new Wilkins Science and Engineering Building.

The state-of-the-art STEM building will encompass 37,000sf and cost $38 million. The center will serve as an incubator for ideas of new technologies and aims to have a low carbon footprint. Brennan Consulting has been working on this project since the design phase and will be working throughout the construction phase.

Brennan performed land surveying and civil engineering design, permitting, and construction documents/administration to correct the inaccessibility presently pervasive throughout CCCC. Working with DCAMM’s Statewide Accessibility Initiative, Brennan identified areas from the parking lots to the campus facilities including all pathways, sidewalks, and walkways that did not meet Massachusetts Accessibility Initiative as well as ADA requirements.

Utilizing its new campus base mapping and performing extensive field analysis and measurements, Brennan identified and prioritized the deficient accessibility paths. Brennan designed new alignments and measurements to correct the situation in high priority locations. The Wilkins parking lot was expanded and a new parking lot was added to create more parking for students and staff.

Currently, Brennan Consulting’s advanced construction layout services are underway on this project. This brings it’s own set of challenges as the new Wilkins Center will be shoehorned in between three other pre-standing buildings. High accuracy survey calculations were necessary as the new building will also serve to interconnect several other campus buildings. The buildings will be linked by indoor pedestrian bridges.

Representatives of Brennan Consulting say Governor Baker’s announcement of a $2.6 billion Capital Plan for 2022, $87 million for public higher education projects, indicates construction trends in this sector will not slow any time soon.