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September 28, 2009

TRCC Architecture Program Plays Key Role in Rebuilding Mystic Building

The New Central Hall building in Mystic was recently approved by the Mystic Historic District Commission (HDC). The design team for the project was led by Mark A. Comeau, TRCC professor of Architecture, AIA, and included staff from his Stonington architectural firm. Dan Wenzel and Joe Cascio, students in the TRCC Architectural Design Technology Program, were also part of the team. Mark and two of his professional staff members—Chris Carey and Doug Lafontaine—are graduates of the college.

The project is a four story multi-use building proposed for the former Allyn property, where remnants of the previously constructed Central Hall burned in a fire in 2000. The HDC’s approval of the design has been a long process, taking almost a year.

Comeau is the project’s chief architect, with Lafontaine serving as project manager. TRCC students Wenzel and Cascio provided CAD production and model-making for the several public hearings required for the project’s approval.

Followed closely by the local newspapers, the project’s design enjoyed overwhelming public support and received unanimous approval by the HDC Commission on January 17.

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