BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Medaille College held a groundbreaking ceremony at its Buffalo Campus to celebrate the construction of a Student Success Center on Tuesday, November 16, 2010.
The project will receive part of a $12 million financing package, recently approved by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, which Medaille will use to invest in and to expand facilities on its Buffalo Campus. Buffalo-based EI Team served as the architectural firm for the design phase of the project, and R&P Oak Hill Development of Buffalo will handle construction and contracting services for the project. This Center represents an investment of approximately $3.4 million into one of the College’s core facilities.
The Student Success Center is a two-story addition to Huber Hall that will nearly double the size of the existing building. Currently, Huber Hall houses the Buffalo Campus library, several computer labs, classrooms and faculty/staff offices. Approximately 60 percent of Medaille’s undergraduates are first-generation college students, and this major expansion and renovation into a 40,000-square-foot facility will enhance the Medaille College’s ability to serve students’ needs. The College’s Advisement Center, Office of Disability Services, Academic Support Center and Career Planning Services will be brought into a distinctive and integrated setting. The project includes two new learning labs, a student technology lounge, four state-of-the-art classrooms and a faculty/staff technology-training room.
“A college campus, by definition, provides space for living, learning, communicating, research, athletics, wellness – the list goes on,” said Dr. Richard T. Jurasek, president of Medaille College. “Medaille is not unique in that sense, but we are pioneering expanded services that we know will make a difference in each student’s journey from the first day of classes to graduation weekend. We are very, very proud of that distinction and our commitment to our students.”
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