News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – July 12, 2021 – Bermuda College Foundation announced that the construction of the state–of–the–art Career Development Centre at Bermuda College is on schedule despite the challenging environment.
The recent $3.8 million donation by several Bermuda–based (re)insurers beingAthene Life Re Ltd., a reinsurance subsidiary of Athene Holding Ltd. (“Athene”) (NYSE: ATH), Athora Holding Ltd, Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited and Catalina Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd, represents a significant boost towards achieving the Foundation’s vision that Bermuda College students will one day benefit from a ‘fully funded, state-of-the-art College’.
The donated funds are toprovidetheconstruction of a newwingonthesecondfloorofHallett Hall, a state–of–the-art lecturetheatre,aswellasinstallmajortechnologyenhancements throughoutthecampus to create a centre of excellence attheCollege, according to Garry Madeiros, Deputy Chairman, Bermuda College Foundation.
This project has beenthemostsignificant development to the College’sfacilitiesand infrastructureinthe past twenty–five years. Itwillsetthestandardforclassrooms,labsandoffice space as a globally competitive learning and instructivefacility,secondtononeintermsofits adaptive technologiesandinnovative collaboration spaces,tomeet the needs of the 21st century student and the wider community. “We aresoappreciative to the AtheneGroupfor their thoughtfulandinsightful gift thatisstrongly moving us to the state–of–the-art vision,” saidMr Madeiros.
“Currentlytheconstructionprojectisonschedulewith 95percentofthestructuralenvelopeof the building complete and interior fit outworkhascommenced. Furnishings and fixtures have been selected and orders have been placed. Itisanticipated that the entire projectwillbe completed by the beginning of theFall 2021 semester, notwithstanding unanticipated delays,” he added.
The initiative launchedinMarch2021withthe removal of the roof of HallettHallto facilitatethe addition of a second floor thatwillhouse the Career Development Centre and include the following:
• A model classroom
• A model computerlab
• An InnovationLab
• A modernisedandupgradedLectureTheatre
• An updatednetworkservice,withsignificantlyincreased bandwidth
• The re-locatedofficesoftheDivisionofProfessionalandCareerEducation (PACE)
The Innovation Lab, provides a spacewhere creative minds can explorewaysof turning ideas into projects, and, subsequently, into viablebusinessentities.
Director of Information Technology Services,BenNwasikeexplained: “This spacewillbe equippedwithhigh–tech equipmentsuchas a programmable robot, 3-D printer, 3-D scanner, high–end graphic laptops and virtual/augmented realitysystems.Itwill beopentobothstudents and faculty, aswellasthegeneral community through reservations. Ideassuchasapp development, robotics andinternetofthings (IoT),prototyping, data modelling andimmersive
experience are someoftheexpectedoutcomesofthisunit.”
Plant and Operations Manager, Cleun Gaiton said: “The renovated lecture theatreinHallettHall willallowformorefunctionalandflexibleteachingbywayofadditionalaudiovisualequipmentto aidinpresentation. TheHallwillalso providemore“user-friendly” seating, givingalloccupants theabilityto charge and use devices needed forclassor trainingsessions.”
College President,DrDuranda Greene stated: “Weremain deeply indebted to Athene andits partners,andto the Bermuda College Foundation for helping Bermuda College tore–construct a new standard for its educationialspaces,andenablingustocontinuetoproudlyandconfidently serveourcampusandcommunityconstituents. Thisis a truemilestonefortheCollege.”
“OnbehalfofmycolleaguesatAspen,AthoraandCatalina,we are thrilledbytheconstruction progress that has been made on the Career Development Centre,”said Natasha Scotland Courcy, SVP General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer, Athene LifeReLtd.
“Seeing the renovations advanceandthe building planscometolifeis a testament to the business community’scommitmentto education and to growing talent hereinBermuda. When the Centre opens,we are excited to see the realization ofourefforts and how these new resourceswill transform thelivesofstudents and nurture the bright mindsofBermuda’s evolving workforce.”
The Foundation has committed to continuous fund–raisingefforts,including garnering endowment funds to ensure that the College retains its viability.
“There is still a long way to go to meet the objectives of the Capital Campaign. The Foundation invites both corporate and individual partners to join us in support of our only college. Community support will help develop a modern infrastructure to continue to provide equitable education for local students who may not be able or want to travel overseas to continue education. Bermuda College has been a vital asset in Bermuda’s overall success for the past 47
years,” said Mr Madeiros.
About Bermuda College Foundation: Bermuda College Foundation is a Bermuda registered charity, #341. It was incorporated as acompany limited by guarantee in October 2018 withthe sole focus of cultivating and securing successful philanthropic partnerships in support of Bermuda College. As the fund raising vehicle for the College it is the bridge between the community and the College. For further details about the Foundation, please visit www.bermudacollegefoundation.org