July 2016 - Acting as Construction Administrator on this new 27,000 square foot building, Downes Construction Company is pleased to assist in the development of a skilled workforce to support the needs of our growing defense industry.  Joined by US Senator Richard Blumenthal, ACC President James Lombella, and Chair Frank Gulluni, this ceremony celebrated a public / private partnership where ACC collaborated with defense contractors to craft the program based on the needs of private corporations.  President of Aerospace Components Manufacturers Chris DiPentima stated that, “what you have here is the ultimate collaboration between government, academic and industry.” The new facility will include smart classrooms, along with computer, 3-D printer, CNC machining and metrology laboratories and is expected to open next Spring.