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New Academic Building Planned for Hobart and William Smith Colleges

GENEVA, N.Y. — Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan recently has announced plans for the construction of a $6 million academic building for the Geneva, N.Y., campus.

In a letter to the Colleges community, Gearan said the building is an outgrowth of a campus Master Plan for facilities.

“This new building will be an important milestone in the history of the Colleges — its central location offers a visible affirmation of the importance we place on our academic mission,” Mark D. Gearan, president of the Colleges, said. “It sends a signal of the confidence we have in our future and the continued generosity and support of our alumni and alumnae.”

A lead gift from an anonymous Hobart alumnus will allow additional fundraising for the project to proceed.

The new building, which will be approximately 30,000 square-feet, will house classrooms, conference rooms, faculty offices, and student workspace, as well as the departments of political science, economics, anthropology, and sociology. In addition, the new department of Asian languages and culture will be located in the new space.

The Colleges have retained the architectural firm of KSS of Princeton, N.J., which specializes in academic architectural work, for the project. William Smith alumna Pamela Lucas Rew (’81) will serve as the lead architect for the project.
Located between Smith Hall and Bristol Gym, near the center of the 170-acre campus, groundbreaking for the new building is scheduled for fall 2002, with construction to be completed by fall 2003.