The Campaign for Marist:
Ground Is Broken on Hancock Center

 Hancock Center rendering

 Rendering of the Hancock Center by Robert A. M. Stern Architects, LLP

 Marist officials broke ground May 2 on the Hancock Center, the new academic building that will overlook the Hudson River.

The $32.5 million project is named for lead donor and vice chair of the Marist Board of Trustees Ellen Hancock and her husband, Jason. Supported by the Campaign for Marist, the 57,000-square-foot Hancock Center will provide much-needed academic space at a central campus location.

 groundbreaking

President Dennis J. Murray, Trustees Ellen Hancock and Rob Dyson, and architect Robert A. M. Stern break ground on the Hancock Center.

When it opens in late 2010, the building will serve three primary purposes. It will be the home of the College's School of Computer Science and Mathematics, including faculty offices, nine classrooms, six conference/seminar rooms, and three computer labs. The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion and the International Programs office also will relocate there.

 students at Hancock Center groundbreaking

 Students take their turn at wielding shovels.

The Hancock Center also will house many of the existing regional and global technology initiatives for which Marist has earned a reputation as a leader, including the Center for Collaborative and On-Demand Computing, the Institute for Data Center Professionals, and the IBM-Marist Joint Study Project.

In addition, the center will aid in regional and statewide economic development initiatives and contain office space for start-ups, high-tech education and training facilities, collaborative workspace for joint projects, an executive customer presentation center, and laboratories with shared access to advanced IBM server technologies and Cisco networking systems.

The Hancock Center has been designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects, LLP, an award-winning firm that has created additions to Harvard, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins, among many others.

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