Work Begins on Major Addition and Renovations to Sullivan Campus Center
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Posted by: Kevin Bates
Medaille College broke ground on renovations and an addition to its Kevin I. Sullivan Campus Center on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Medaille first constructed a campus center for its students in 1995.
In 2001 the building was dedicated in memory of Kevin I. Sullivan, the
college’s fourth president. Prior to serving as president, Sullivan was a
member of Medaille’s board of trustees, serving the College from 1977
to 1984. In 1987, he was selected as president and held that role for
fifteen years until his untimely passing in 2001. Prior to his time at
Medaille, he had worked in the banking industry in Buffalo for nearly 30
years, serving as vice chair and president of Key Bank of Western New
York. As president, Sullivan oversaw a period of extensive growth, from
the start of a residence life program and intercollegiate athletic
teams to the expansion of adult and graduate programs.
The expanded facility will include:
- a large multipurpose/campus event center with a seating capacity of over 600 people;
- a new 3,000 square-foot fitness center;
- four new locker rooms, two for home teams and two for away teams;
- an enhanced athletic training room;
- an expanded campus bookstore;
- a reconfigured student affairs suite with dedicated student group meeting and workroom spaces;
- new student lounge space;
- a redesigned athletic office suite;
- a new late-night snack and food shop;
- a reconfigured gymnasium with increased seating capacity;
- and, the President’s Room, which serves as a
special event and entertainment suite venue overlooking the multipurpose
center and gymnasium.
Members of the board of trustees in attendance included Robert
Graber, Ellen Grant, Ph.D., Juanita Hunter, Ed.D., Marge Kafka, Charles
E. Moran, Darius Pridgen, Michael Walsh and Joseph Wolfson. Paul
Dueringer also attended as a representative of the Alumni Association.
Following an introduction from John P. Crawford, vice president of
college relations, Charles Moran addressed the crowd as the chair of the
board of trustees, noting "We recognize how important the on-campus
experience is for students.”
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown continued on that theme, speaking of how he
remembered Kevin I. Sullivan and his commitment to expanding services
for students, and congratulating Medaille on "what [it] is doing to
develop the leaders of our future … and encouraging students to stay in
New York State Senator Mark Grisanti presented a proclamation on
behalf of New York State, and shared, "It’s always a good day in Buffalo
when you see growth like this.”
Following additional remarks by Virginia Sullivan, wife of Kevin I.
Sullivan, Jessica Newcombe, SGA president, and Medaille President
Richard T. Jurasek, Ph.D., the speakers and representatives from the
construction partners officially broke ground on the construction, which
is slated for completion for the start of the College’s fall 2012
The $5.5 million project is funded in part by a $12 million financing
package from M&T Bank and through the Erie County Industrial
Development Agency, which also supported to the construction of the
college’s Student Success Center, a building completed in September
2011. A significant portion of the project is also funded by a Dormitory
Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) grant of nearly $1 million.
The project team is led by the architect of record Chaintreuil,
Jensen & Stark Architects, LLP, and construction manager R&P Oak
Hill Development, LLC. IBC Engineering, P.C., is handling the
mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering. Tredo Engineers is in
charge of the civil and structural engineering.