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March 8, 2019

Progress on the University Center

Dear Adelphi community:

I hope your spring semester is going well!

As you will recall, renovations to the Ruth S. Harley University Center (UC) will begin in May, just after Commencement.

We have now received cost estimates for our plans and listened to feedback on many aspects of the proposed design.

After meeting with members of our community, hearing your comments and working with our architects, we have identified what will move forward and what modifications we will be making to our design.

First, these plans are unchanged and will definitely be part of the renovation project:

  • Double the dining space
  • Upgraded and expanded art gallery space
  • Flexible meeting and conference spaces for the academic community
  • An expanded, glass-walled commuter lounge
  • A state-of-the-art ballroom for large meetings and events
  • A lactation room and gender-neutral bathrooms
  • Improved accessibility and modernized technology
  • A full Starbucks
  • Video recording and new technology for conferences
  • A beautiful outdoor space for dining, outdoor classes or lounging
  • Whenever possible, recycled and bio-based materials

Here are proposed changes to the renovation. These changes will not only help reduce costs but reflect important feedback from our community:

  • Simpler and more sustainable entryway. We have redesigned the large atrium entry in the south wall (main entrance) to be less costly but still welcoming; this will also be a more environmentally responsible solution.
  • The Health Services Center will not relocate from Waldo Hall to the third floor of the UC. We are researching other locations on campus that can house both the Health Services Center and the Student Counseling Center together, which has been their goal for many years.
  • By not moving the Health Services Center to the UC, there will be a large space on the third floor that can be reassigned for other purposes. Provost Everett will lead the discussion of how we can use this extra space to best serve our students and faculty. (Please note that the Interfaith Center and the ablution room will remain on this floor.)
  • We re-evaluated all construction materials and found many solutions that lower our costs substantially while maintaining the highest levels of sustainability.

We are on track to begin renovation after Commencement, and a temporary structure will be in place during construction. Primarily, the structure will serve as the temporary dining facility, but our team will look to find as many uses for it as possible.

As always, I’m grateful for your collaboration, input and participation in our plans for the UC renovation. Please continue to share your questions and feedback with me at

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James Perrino
Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration
Office of Finance and Administration

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