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Le Moyne College Named Finalist in 2011 A Time to Build Awards Program

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College was named a finalist in the Best Institutional Project category in the 2011 A Time to Build awards program. The awards program, hosted by First Niagara, is the most comprehensive development/construction/real-estate awards program in Central New York, recognizing top projects in Central New York, Mohawk Valley, the Finger Lakes, Greater Binghamton and the North Country.

Le Moyne College was honored for its Le Moyne Plaza: Building Community project, completed in August 2010 at a cost of $3.4 million.

From the project description:

Using a collaborative, mission-based process (surveys, focus groups, open meetings) intended to build positive relations, Le Moyne College created an inviting community space and went beyond the original scope to add green space, reduce storm-water runoff and transform a five-way intersection with new public parking. The plaza houses the college bookstore (run by Barnes & Noble College Booksellers), Cam’s Pizzeria and Dunkin’ Donuts. This visually appealing space supports live music, action research, a joint library portal and engaged reading and tutoring.

Technical challenges included a deteriorated block structure requiring extensive shoring and new steel to create a large, open common area; a fast-track schedule with tight controls to maximize quality; and an off-site street reconfiguration requiring traffic controls and legal steps to transfer a dedicated street title from the city to the college. This enabled Le Moyne to remove a large portion of paved area and create an outdoor courtyard with lawns, walks, patio seating and bike racks.

For a complete list of the finalists for the awards, visit the Web site.


posted on: 5/6/2011