SHU Acquires GE Headquarters in Transformational Move
Sacred Heart University has recently purchased General Electric's 66-acre former global headquarters located down the street from SHU's main campus at 3135 Easton Turnpike, Fairfield, CT. President John J. Petillo calls this “a transformational moment in the history of Sacred Heart University.” This new property has been named Sacred Heart's West Campus, providing SHU with a unique opportunity to contribute to education, research, health care and the community.
Expansion and Innovation
The former GE Headquarters provides approximately 66 acres, 550,000 square feet of building space, and 800 additional parking spaces. The new West Campus will serve as the campus of innovation, providing expansion for the new School of Computing, which is focused on computer engineering, computer gaming and cybersecurity, to develop programs in STEM fields such as health and life sciences, science and technology, as well as to develop a new hospitality management program. Additionally, the Isabelle Farrington College of Education and the University’s business office will move to West Campus. The campus has future development plans that could include a performing arts recital hall, an indoor swimming pool and running trails.
The greater Fairfield community will also benefit from SHU's West Campus development. According to Michael Kinney, senior vice president for Finance and Development, “The growth we will experience as a result of this purchase will increase consumer spending in the community by Sacred Heart students and parents—a number that already stands at close to $56M in the state.” In addition, the programs developed by SHU in the next four years will increase faculty and staff job opportunities.
In the News
- In Transformational Move, Sacred Heart University Acquires Former GE Global Headquarters
- Bringing Good Things to Life: University's purchase of GE site means opportunity for the region and Connecticut, The New England Journal of Higher Education, January 2017
- The Decline of the Baronial C.E.O., The New York Times, June 2017
Sacred Heart talks with The New York Times about the future of the former GE HQ as SHU moves forward at the new West Campus.