Westfield State receives funding for Parenzo Hall renovation

Hampden County

The oldest building on Westfield State University’s campus is getting a makeover.

Governor Charlie Baker traveled to Westfield on Tuesday to announce that the university will receive a $21.5 million investment from the state to renovate Parenzo Hall.

The project is expected to cost more than $40 million. 

Westfield State University told 22News the renovation will upgrade the building into a state-of-the-art hub for student success and workforce development. 

“The educational and community collaborations that will grow in this newly renovated facility will have a boundless impact on our students, local high school students, and members of the surrounding communities and businesses beyond our Westfield campus,” said Westfield State University President Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D.

In addition to more space, the university says the renovation will create two new centers: the Center for  Innovation in Education and Industry Partnerships and the Center for Student Success and Engagement. 

“Since taking office our Administration has taken a responsible approach to investing in public assets, with a focus on affordable projects that address longstanding needs and make the most productive use of taxpayer dollars,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “This bill will help keep us on a responsible path toward shoring up the Commonwealth’s capital assets and making targeted investments for the future.” 

“It takes a year to plan for the project,” WSU President Ramon Torrecilha explained. “And then we think that in two years we’ll be able to complete the project. So we’re looking at a three-year project.”

Parenzo Hall was built in 1956 and is 90,00 square feet.

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