Hitchcock Center gets $500,000 grant for new building on Hampshire College land

By Diane Lederman

AMHERST – State officials have awarded an additional $500,000 to the Hitchcock Center for the Environment’s living building project, a 9,000-square-foot building under construction on Hampshire College land.

Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy were scheduled to announce the funding at a press conference Tuesday morning.

The energy office has now invested more than $1.3 million toward the building, according to a press release.

The center has raised $5.6 million toward its $5.8 million original goal — but, the center has a $6.7 million “enhanced goal” to “… render the Center’s new living building into a unique teaching tool that will create sensory-rich spaces in which messages are felt as much as they are learned,” according to a press release.

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