Amherst, NY- Erie County 5th District Legislator and Minority Leader Thomas A. Loughran (D-Amherst) joined Erie Community College President Jack Quinn, New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, College staff & students and construction personnel for the ceremonial “topping-off” of the college’s long-awaited STEM-focused academic building at the ECC North Campus on February 27, 2017.
"The County investment in state of the art Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education facilities will prepare our young people for the jobs of the future. There is no better investment than an investment in our children," stated Legislator Loughran.
Once completed the $30 million State, County- and College-funded project will provide approximately 57,000 square feet of new instructional space for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs on ECC’s North Campus – largely untouched since opening in 1960. ECC’s north Campus is the college’s most populated campus, with nearly 50% of the college’s student body attending classes at this location.
The 17-foot “topping-off” beam—traditionally signifying the last piece of structural steel to be placed on a building during construction—has been staged at North Campus for weeks, and now features hundreds of signatures from ECC faculty, staff, students and local officials. Once the building is complete, the beam will remain exposed, allowing for these signatures to show for the duration of the building’s existence.