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D'Youville to Dedicate New Academic Center

5/10/2010


Local dignitaries are expected to be on hand, including the most Reverend Edward U. Kmiec, Bishop of Buffalo who will bless the new structure.

Located on a former campus parking lot near the corner of Connecticut Street and Fargo Avenue, the 93,000 square foot structure will house D'Youville's new Pharmacy program, classrooms, admission offices and other academic offices.

"This building has become a symbol of the ‘new century' of D'youville's life. It is planned to meet the academic needs of students, faculty and emerging programs for the 21st century. It has been designed with awareness of environmental concerns, flexible space, accommodations for technological advances and student study space. It will provide a welcome new addition to the growth and improvements in the local westside community," says D'youville President Sister Denise Roche.

The new building features a mosaic style-contrasting exterior, numerous glass panels, and will have green space on three sides. State of the art lecture halls, classrooms and technology support are a highlight of the building.

Space for student and staff casual gathering is provided as well as a selection of group study rooms for students. A large boardroom for trustee meetings and other college or public meetings is featured on the first floor.

"The building is highly energy efficient, completely handicapped accessible and user friendly," says Donald Keller, Vice President for Operations at the college.

"The top floor is unfinished and will provide future space. card access and security cameras allow for a safe and monitored environment," he added.

The academic center will accommodate the increase in students the college has seen during the past decade, according to a college spokesman. Approximately 3000 full and part-time students currently attend the private college.

The building will cap D'youville's decade long building program that has seen more than $70 million invested in new and renovated buildings on its west side campus. there are no new major construction projects planned for the near future, according to a college spokesman.

The academic center was designed by Cannon Design of Grand Island with Buffalo based Savarino Companies serving as Project Manager.



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