An enthusiastic gathering of town and gown celebrated with Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach, Maryland Delegate Norman H. Conway, University System of Maryland Board of Regents Vice Chair Barry P. Gossett and members of the Guerrieri family during a festive groundbreaking ceremony for the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons.
At 224,071 square feet, the $111.4 million facility will be the largest academic building in SU history. Home for a sorely needed new library, with it comes a reconfiguration of University classroom, research and study space in a manner that planners predict will change campus dynamics.
Special features include new space for the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, Office of Instructional Design and Delivery, Center for Student Achievement, Information Technology Help Desk, Math Emporium and University Writing Center, as well as a Faculty Center and Graduate Commons.
The Academic Commons will be located on the site of the former Caruthers Hall, built in 1953 to house the campus’ demonstration school. Conway, an SU education alumnus, said the groundbreaking represented a tribute to the past while looking toward the future: “While I completed my student teaching in Caruthers Hall and am sad to see the building demolished, I am grateful it will be replaced by an impressive center for learning that will benefit all students and the greater community.”
The Academic Commons is scheduled to open in fall 2016.
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