Colleges leaders of the present and future spoke at the ceremonies breaking ground for the Scandling Campus Center expansion project on Saturday, April 28, near the west entrance overlooking the soccer field.
Michael Scandling, the son of former Board of Trustees chair William F. Scandling ’49 L.L.D. ’67, for whom the building is named, shared his recollections of growing up on the campus when his father was running the Colleges food service. He recalled playing baseball and lacrosse, and encountering the Rev. Louis M. Hirshson, former HWS president, in roughly the same area that he was standing. Michael Scandling also described his first time in the Scandling Center that opened in 1984 and how overwhelmed he was that the building was “the center of campus and that it will be even more so now.
President Mark D. Gearan reminded the audience that a groundbreaking represents many things, and noted that Bill Scandling, who died in 2005, truly led “a life of consequence. “Today we celebrate Bill in a special way. We are profoundly grateful for the transformation he had on this campus. Gearan also paid tribute to architect Pamela Lucas Rew ’81, of KSS Architects, who designed the project.
The $15 million project will add approximately 17,625 square feet of informal and formal spaces including a student activities commons, game room, lounge areas, marketplace café, outdoor terrace, and a large multipurpose room that can accommodate up to 450 people.
Others addressing the crowd were Nicole R. Dudley ’07, a recipient of a scholarship set up in Bill Scandling’s honor, William Smith College Dean Debra DeMeis, and Board chairman David H. Deming ’75.
The project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2008, shortly after the academic year begins.