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SNHU presents plans for new engineering building on main campus

By MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent

November 07. 2017 1:01AM
The new program is currently housed in a converted warehouse off West Alice Avenue. (Melissa Proulx/Correspondent)

HOOKSETT — Southern New Hampshire University is readying plans for a building to hold part of its new engineering program.

The application was accepted as complete on Monday for the proposed building on the west side of the River Road campus. The building will have features like labs and study space for students, with a mixture of wood, glass and stone architecture.

The campus will lose a parking lot to make room for the building and a quad area. But engineers from TFMoran, representing SNHU, also submitted plans to the town to build two new parking lots on East Side Drive.

A public hearing for the plans, along with a full presentation about the building design, will be held at the Nov. 20 planning board meeting.

The building will serve as a complement to the converted warehouse on West Alice Avenue, which currently houses the new engineering programs at SNHU. Renderings of the proposed building are on display at that building.

This year marked the kickoff for SNHU’s College of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics (CETA). Students have the choice of just over half a dozen different disciplines, including aeronautical engineering, aviation management, electrical and computer engineering, air traffic management and mechanical engineering.

CETA was created during the downfall of Daniel Webster College, which filed for bankruptcy last year and announced it would be closing, said James Smith, executive vice president at CETA.

“We had a college full of students with no hope and no options,” Smith said. “SNHU went down to see what they could do with those students.”

Those students were brought on board at SNHU in order to finish their degrees. There are about 170 students currently enrolled in the CETA classes, half of whom are from Daniel Webster.


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