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Groundbreakings: Niagara University, University of New Haven and Rivier University

University Business, December 2018
  • The Veterans Lounge at Niagara University in New York comes after Victory Media recognized the institution as one of the country’s top 10 small private schools for veterans and families. It will open in January 2019.
  • The University of New Haven in Connecticut will open a new academic center, which will serve as a central hub for the university’s science, technology and communications programs.
  • Rivier University in New Hampshire will open the Athletics Pavilion to support its NCAA Division III athletic programs for soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and softball. The facility will also provide spaces for other events, including summer camps.

Veterans Lounge
Niagara University (N.Y.)

This lounge, which will be located in the university’s primary science building, comes after Victory Media recently recognized Niagara as one of the country’s top 10 small private schools for veterans and families.

Size: 1,763 square feet

Features: Meeting area and TV lounge with new furniture, computers, workstations, microwave and popcorn machine

Anticipated cost: $70,000

Expected completion: January 2019

Project team: Interior designer and account executive: Eaton Office Supply (N.Y.)

Bergami Center for Science, Technology and Innovation
University of New Haven (Conn.)

The academic center will serve as a central hub for the university’s science, technology and communications programs.

Size: Three stories; 40,000 square feet

Features: Makerspace, virtual reality lab, classrooms, communications studio, experiential auditorium and café

Anticipated cost: $26 million

Expected completion: January 2020

Project team: Architect: Svigals+Partners (Conn.); civil engineer: Westcott & Mapes (Conn.); landscape architect: Richter & Cegan (Conn.); MEP engineers: BVH Integrated Services (Conn.); structural engineer: MHA (Conn.); acoustics and AV consulting: Acentech (Mass.); food service design: McFarland Kistler & Associates (Pa.); energy analysis: Karpmann Consulting (Conn.)

Athletics Pavilion
Rivier University (N.H.)

The facility will support the university’s NCAA Division III athletic programs for soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and softball. It will also provide spaces for other events, including summer camps.

Size: Two stories; 30,000 square feet

Features: Stadium seating, team rooms, conference space, training room, locker rooms and a press box with an enhanced sound system

Anticipated cost: $5 million

Expected completion: Late spring 2019

Project team: Architect: Derck & Edson (Penn.); project manager and contractor: Hutter Construction Corp. (N.H.)