Groundbreaking for New Public Square
Molloy College breaks ground on student center
reproduced from Newsday.com
Molloy College broke ground Wednesday
on a $28.6-million, 57,000-square-foot student center, the first major construction on campus since 1992.
Public Square, which will contain classrooms, meeting spaces and a
550-seat theater and art gallery, would provide the Rockville Centre
campus with a gathering space for students and faculty the college
currently lacks. It will be, President Drew Bogner said, a center of
campus life, the "hub around which all will revolve."
facility is to be completed by spring 2011. The college also plans to
build its first residence hall, for 150 students. Officials anticipate
it will be completed by the fall of that year.
projects are estimated to cost about $50 million combined, including
site improvements across the 27-acre campus, said college spokesman Ken
Young. The college recently concluded its most successful fundraising
campaign, netting more than $20 million, which will help finance
construction, along with bonding, officials said.
are here today to celebrate what is a beginning," Bogner told about 250
people including students, faculty, administrators, alumni, Bishop William Murphy
(the college was founded by the Dominican Sisters of Amityville but is
independent today) and elected officials, at the gathering on a
The Public Square and other projects will transform the campus. Apart
from providing a meeting place for the college community, the center
will be a place to engage the public at large over important issues of
"This long awaited
building will play an important role for the external community as
well," Bogner said. "We are calling it the Public Square for a reason.
Through conferences, meetings and seminars, community members will come
to Molloy to engage in civil discussions regarding the important issues
that affect all of us. "
crowd cheered as Bogner, college trustees and other dignitaries donned
hard hats and wielded golden shovels to symbolize the groundbreaking.
McGuire of Huntington, a 1983 graduate who is president of the college
alumni association, said the Public Square would provide more space,
leading to expansion of activities for students who will have the
opportunity to spend more time on campus, gaining a "deeper college
Her daughter, Jessica, 20, who transferred to Molloy from Ohio
State recently, said she was excited. "It's a big step," she said,
noting Molloy is a commuter school, where many students often go home