NEW YORK — For the primary time in practically 60 years, college students at St. Francis College in downtown Brooklyn might be beginning their new semester on a brand-new campus.
It’s a work-in-progress all over the place you look contained in the constructing at 179 Livingston St. Glass is being put in, partitions are being painted, and employees are in a race towards the clock.
CBS 2’s Hannah Kliger bought an unique take a look at the new amenities on the establishment that is greater than 160 years outdated.
“It was a really bold decision for the college, but now we are seeing it come to fruition,” stated Miguel Martinez-Saenz, president of St. Francis College.
He stated the project has been 4 years within the making, and the varsity is promoting its outdated campus on Remsen Street to assist finance the new location.
“The space, I believed, was inadequate for 21st century learning,” he stated. “We had been in that space for 60-plus years.”
The campus will boast a 300-seat auditorium, a chapel and multi-faith room, a rooftop terrace, a number of science labs, and a much-expanded state-of-the-art nursing division.
“The college made the decision to really prioritize student learning and the student experience, which means we designed the space for students,” Martinez-Saenz defined.
Occupying the fifth, sixth and seventh flooring of the Wheeler constructing, the space sprawls for a complete of 255,000 sq. ft. The campus was designed with hybrid studying in thoughts, one thing the president stated the varsity was contemplating earlier than the pandemic.
“Some people are saying, ‘Oh, now we can do hybrid because of COVID.’ We were going in that direction before COVID,” he stated.
Academic developments are taking place on the establishment, too. Starting this upcoming semester, the school might be providing a number of new levels associated to quite a lot of fields, like group well being, entrepreneurship, and international research.
The Franciscan brothers got here in 1859 to present alternatives for many who did not have them, Martinez-Saenz defined, saying the varsity continues to be absolutely dedicated to that.
“To do that effectively, you have to have state of the art learning environments,” he stated.
According to Martinez-Saenz, the varsity’s aim of openness and accessibility could be seen not simply within the glass partitions and open flooring plan, however within the pupil physique as effectively.
“About 85 percent of our students come from New York city public schools,” he stated.
Once the campus is open to college students, it plans to host an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 21 to showcase the completed space.
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