Bruce Hampson stepped down as chairman of the Miller-Driscoll Building Committee at its meeting Thursday evening, Jan. 7. He resigned as a member as well. In announcing his decision, Hampson said he originally agreed to chair the committee, when approached by First Selectman Bill Brennan and Selectman Dick Dubow some three years ago, until the project was bid and the trade contracts were approved. \u201cWe\u2019ve arrived at that point,\u201d he said. \u201cThis is not an easy decision for me. I love what we do. I love what we did in the design and construction process. I\u2019ve loved working with this committee. I\u2019ve worked with a lot of committees since I raised my hand after I retired to become involved in this aspect of our community. \u201cI love it and it\u2019s been made more meaningful to me by our constituency, our real constituency \u2014 800 kids \u2014 and I\u2019ll never forget handing out hardhats to them and their excitement and the responsibility that everybody involved has to those children. Hampson personal concerns moved him to this decision at this time and he hoped going forward he could continue being a resource on the project. \u201cI think we all have \u2014 everybody at this table \u2014 a right to be proud of what we\u2019ve accomplished. Turner and Tai Soo Kim and their consultants are absolutely outstanding. \u201cI thought we would have a ticker tape parade when we told the community that we brought this project in more than $5 million below budget,\u201d he said with a smile. \u201cSo we didn\u2019t get a ticker tape parade, but we got better. We got a cheer from 800 kids. Going forward the role of this committee is not the least bit diminished by the fact that our design work and our approvals have been completed.\u201d Communicating progress of the project to the parents and staff will be the committee\u2019s biggest challenge going forward, he said, adding that since the meetings have been taped beginning in January, only six people have signed on to watch. After he thanked the committee again, Dick Dubow broke in and said, \u201cThank you for saying yes. The town owes you a debt of gratitude. The kids owe you a debt of gratitude.\u201d He said Hampson could take \u201ctremendous pride in terms of that building representing our town. You have been very much the heart and soul of this committee. On behalf of the committee, the schools and the town we say thank you for your contribution.\u201d With that, the committee gave Hampson a standing ovation. A retired engineer, Hampson has been involved in many construction and energy-related projects in town. He is a member of the Comstock Community Center Building Committee, which should finish its work this month. He was also co-chair with Karen Birck of the Wilton High School Building Committee, which oversaw the renovation of the Little Theater, science classrooms, and the school\u2019s HVAC system in 2009. That project was brought in $3 million under its original $20-million budget. He was also, until last month, chair and founding member in 2007 of the Wilton Energy Commission, a member of Wilton Go Green\u2019s board of directors (2008-2010), and vice chair of the Wilton Council for Public Facilities For his work on turning Wilton High School into a state-of-the-art energy-efficient building, he received a 2010 Climate Change Leadership Award from the state.