NEC breaks ground for 20k-square-foot academic building

Harvey Construction, RFS Engineering on construction team


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Shown at the ribbon-cutting for New England College’s new academic building, the John Lyons Center, are, from left, NEC Professor John Lyons, NEC President Michele Perkins and James Murtha, chairman of the college’s board of trustees.

Groundbreaking for the John Lyons Center, a new academic building at New England College in Henniker, was held as part of New England College’s commencement weekend celebration.

The center, to be built by Bedford-based Harvey Construction, was designed by DSK Architects + Planners of Concord, Mass., and RFS Engineering of Laconia.

It will include approximately 20,000 square feet of academic, meeting and faculty space.

Built to LEED standards, the building will feature a two-story learning commons and café, surrounded by classrooms, seminar rooms, group study spaces and offices.

Expected opening is fall 2016.

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