UNH Breaks Ground on Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and
November 21, 2018
state-of-the-art facility, scheduled to open in early 2020, will house,
among other cutting-edge amenities, engineering and science labs, the
most technologically advanced collaborative classrooms, and video
Before she started college, Jillian Jacques '19 concedes that, to her,
innovation was just a word.
“It didn’t mean anything more than to make changes in something that
already exists,” she said. “Now I’ve come to see that it means much
more. It means having creativity, curiosity, and community. It means
moving forward with the times and helping others to do the same.”
A computer science major who is part of the nationwide University
Innovation Fellowship Program, she reflected on her definition of
innovation last week at the groundbreaking ceremony for the University’s
Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation.
“Innovation doesn’t happen without interdisciplinary communities,” she
said. “We can’t move forward if we keep what we know to ourselves, and
we move forward better when we are surrounded by people who know
different things than we do. When interdisciplinary conversations happen
– such as engineers talking to business people – amazing things can
happen. That’s what this building is about.”
Once completed, the Bergami Center – a centerpiece of The Charger
Challenge – will be a 44,000-square-foot, three-story building that will
house, among other cutting-edge amenities, engineering and science labs,
the most technologically advanced collaborative classrooms, and video
production studios. A central focus of the facility’s makerspace is
providing tools and resources that enable students from across the
University to work with industry partners to create prototypes of new
ideas and innovative products.
More than one-third of building is “open space” that will foster idea
exchange and teamwork. Instead of traditional faculty offices, it will
feature co-working space to foster collaboration.
"Founded nearly 100 years ago to meet the engineering and business needs
of the region, the University now offers innovative and cutting-edge
programs – such as cybersecurity, national security, data science, and
biomedical engineering – that prepare our students for the careers of
the future,” said President Steve Kaplan.
building is named in honor of Sam and Lois Bergami, who are among the
University’s most devoted benefactors. They established the Samuel S.
Bergami Jr. Learning Center for Finance and Technology and supported the
University’s acquisition of what is now Bergami Hall. They also, along
with Charlie ’71, ’90 EMBA and Tammy Pompea, enabled the purchase of the
University’s Orange Campus, which is home to the Bergami and Pompea
“It is most fitting and most deserved that the Bergami family name will
live on forever in a building filled with so much potential and
opportunity,” said President Kaplan.
Bergami, a current member and former chair of the University’s Board of
Governors, is president and CEO of Alinabal Holdings Corp, the parent
company of Alinabal Inc., in Milford, Conn., which employs 400 people.
Supporting the University has been and continues to be important to Lois
and me,” said Bergami.