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Guerrieri Academic Commons Beam Signing

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More than 100 students, faculty, staff and friends of Salisbury University helped write part of campus history by signing their names to one of the final beams in the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons. Ultimately, the 30-foot, 1,000-pound steel beam will be placed on the top floor of the 221,000-square-foot building.   

At the start of a brief ceremony, SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach encouraged the crowd to wave at the dedicated construction employees, who had gathered on multiple stories of the open structure to view the celebration, thanking them for their hard work throughout the winter.  She also spotlighted special guests who joined to mark the turning point in the building’s construction, including Michael Guerrieri and his sister, Marybeth; former Delegate Norman Conway; former SU Foundation Board Chair Richard A. Givens II; and Bill Church, whose late partner, Sam Brown, will be memorized through the building’s carillon.

The largest academic building in SU history, the technology-rich Guerrieri Academic Commons will serve as a new “front door” for the campus, providing much-needed space for the new library and its popular Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture. Community members will be welcome to use both, and attend events in an Assembly Hall. Students are expected to benefit from having key academic services under the same roof, including the Center for Student Achievement, a centralized Information Technology Help Desk, Math Emporium, Writing Center and 24-hour study space.  A faculty center, graduate commons, and Office of Instructional Design and Delivery also will enhance collaboration.  

Backed by an $8 million private gift from the Guerrieri Family Foundation, the facility is expected to open fall 2016. 

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