Just five years after it opened, the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford is scheduled to get an additional $4 million state grant this week to launch an ambitious 10-year plan to expand and upgrade the center’s exhibits and facilities.
State officials said some of the center’s expansion plans include creating more educational lab space, transforming one portion of the existing building into a greenhouse and butterfly conservatory, and paying off debts relating to the center’s heating, cooling and ventilation systems.
The additional funding for the heating and cooling system drew questions from two Republican senators, L. Scott Frantz of Greenwich and Rob Kane of Watertown. They wrote to Gov. Dannel Malloy this week asking for more information about why money was needed for a heating and cooling system that was only five years old.