Governor Lamont Announces $5.1 Million in State Funding for Additional Infrastructure Improvements at Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Rocky Hill Campus
Since 2019, the state has invested approximately $9 million in infrastructure improvements at its veterans facilities.
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced today that the State of Connecticut will release more than $5.1 million in state funding to make additional renovations and improvements to the building infrastructure on the Department of Connecticut Veterans Affairs in Rocky Hill.
These funds, which were approved last week at a meeting of the State Bond Commission, include:
$4.3 million to build a second boiler needed for heating and hot water on campus, which currently has only one boiler in operation. This will cover the contingency for the design and construction of a high-energy, high-efficiency boiler and the implementation of a state-of-the-art energy management system.
$801,440 for multiple safety and security upgrades across campus, to be offset by $1,272,960 in federal grant funds from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. This combined funding will support:
New security gate arms at campus entrance New gate house to eliminate staff cross traffic New security cameras Campus wide mass notification system Door locks and controls for instal wings ·residential facilities Panic alert systems Security access systems Operations/information center in building 2 to monitor whole life security and energy management systems
Services provided on campus include residential care, long-term skilled nursing care and other types of assistance needed by the state’s veterans and their families. More than 200 veterans and five families currently live on campus.
“We must do everything we can to improve education, health, housing and employment opportunities for veterans.” said Governor Lamont, who serves as chairman of the State Bond Commission. “The Rocky Hill campus has supported residential and nursing services for our state’s veterans since 1940, and it is our responsibility to ensure that these facilities are maintained in good condition so that our veterans and their families continue to have the support they deserve. They served our country with dignity and honor, and these investments demonstrate the state’s continued commitment to supporting veterans and service members.”
“It is important that we recognize and thank our state’s veterans who have helped maintain the freedom and liberties that are at the core of our democracy,” he added. said Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz. “Together with our Department of Veterans Affairs, our administration is committed to serving those who have served for us, and our veterans deserve opportunity, recognition and relief. State funding to make these necessary renovations and improvements to the campus The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will ensure that our veterans receive the services and resources they need in an efficient and effective manner.
“My thanks to Director of Projects and Operations Joe Danao, Fiscal Administrative Director Briana Mitchell and their respective teams for all the hard work to make this possible,” he added. Thomas J. Saadi, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, said. “Also, many thanks to Governor Lamont and the members of the State Bond Commission for supporting these projects, and to Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes and her team for extraordinary coordination with the Department of Veterans Affairs on boiler and power. efficiency project funding.”
Since 2019, the Lamont administration has invested approximately $9 million in state funding for infrastructure improvements and renovations at facilities managed by the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition to the funding announced today, these investments include:
$1,285,072 for Persons with Disabilities Act improvements to Buildings 2, 3 and 4 on the Rocky Hill Campus (September 2019)
$800,000 in state matching funds for costs not included in a federal grant for renovations at the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown (April 2019)
$187,000 for additional costs associated with hazardous materials abatement for the fire alarm and sprinkler project at the Rocky Hill campus (December 2019)
$75,000 for emergency generator upgrades at the Rocky Hill campus (April 2020)
$250,000 for use of emergency capital funds as needed (April 2020)
$282,285 to fund design for the replacement of two central steam boilers for the Rocky Hill campus (April 2021)
$285,000 for alterations, renovations and improvements to the Rocky Hill campus (July 2021)
$100,000 for roof repairs, leaky system repairs and emergency items at the Rocky Hill campus (December 2021)
$595,000 to fund the design and replacement of three condemned boilers at the Rocky Hill campus (March 2022)