DeSales University to Receive $1 Million in State Funds for Completion of University Center Project
Sen. Rob Wonderling, R-24, will join Father Bernard O'Connor, OSFS, DeSales president at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, August 18, 2005, to announce that Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has authorized the release of $1 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital program (RACP) funding for construction of campus facilities. The 30-minute ceremony will be held on the patio of the University Center. DeSales will use the state funds for completion of phase 2 of the DeSales University Center project, which includes construction of a bookstore and meeting rooms.
RACP funding is intended to provide economic development and for use in the construction and rehabilitation of existing property or acquisitions. The funds will be released pending the university's submission of a formal request and proposal to the Governor's Budget Secretary. Senate Majority Leader, "Chip" Brightbill, along with Sen. Wonderling, have been strong supporters of the project.
According to Father O'Connor, the DeSales University Center facility will be available to community groups, businesses, and governmental agencies, as well as the DeSales community. Also, it will be an economic stimulus to the region through construction and permanent staff jobs it will generate.
DeSales designed a project for a new University Center to allow for more adequate dining facilities, an expanded book store, additional administrative offices and meeting rooms. Phase 1 of the project was completed, resulting in the new 26,000-square-foot University Center, designed by Breslin Ridyard Fadaro Architects and completed by Alvin H. Butz, Inc. The facility includes a 500-seat dining space with a large two-story window, state-of-the art food court, a kitchen, lounge, restrooms, an out-door patio, a pedestrian bridge, and a parking area with 185 spaces. It will accommodate 1,600 students. A wireless computer network is available through the $9.7-million building.
Total project costs were estimated at $13.7 million, of which the university has provided approximately $9.7 million, with the Commonwealth being asked to contribute $4 million. The $1 million announced today will go toward the $4 million total.
Today's announcement marks another important milestone in the growth of DeSales, as it welcomes a record 440 incoming freshmen for the new academic year and also celebrates the 40th anniversary of its founding.
Press Release: DeSales University to Receive $1 Million in State Funds for Completion of University Center Project | Posted on: 8/17/2005
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu