Schools of Nursing, Business upgraded for new semester

September 12, 2018

Updates to the School of Business

The School of Business has moved into the main floor of the former Curtin Memorial Library, above.

Mount Saint Mary College is proud to announce the completion of several campus improvement projects, including updates to the offices for the college’s Schools of Business and Nursing.

The college’s main academic building, Aquinas Hall, saw many improvements this summer. Phase I of the Aquinas Hall renovation project successfully transformed Aquinas 100, site of the former Curtin Memorial Library, into an enhanced working and learning space for the Mount’s School of Business. 

The School of Business now resides on the main floor of Aquinas 100 and has been in use since the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester. The college created five additional offices on this floor, with plans for additional improvements to be carried out during Phase II of the project in 2019. 

Office space for the School of Nursing can now be found on the second floor of Aquinas Hall. Upgrades include additional faculty offices, open spaces for students, and a new office for the recently appointed Dean of Nursing, Susan LaRocco.

Phase II work for the Schools of Nursing and Business is slated for Summer 2019. Currently in the development stage, plans include the creation of additional spaces for the School of Business, such as seminar rooms and an analytics lab, as well as the addition of an approximately 2,000 square foot atrium located in what is now a walking path near the entrance to the Business offices. This atrium will serve as a gathering place for the entire college community and can be used for event space, similar to the existing Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center at the opposite end of Aquinas Hall. 

Phase II plans also include a five-stop elevator which will service the three floors of Aquinas 100 and the second and third floors of Aquinas Hall. The elevator shaft and pit are already complete and the elevator itself will be installed in June of 2019. 

Phase I and II of the recent renovations were made possible, in part, by two grants. The college recently received a matching grant of $500,000 from the state Higher Education Capital Matching Grant program (HECap) and another matching grant of $500,000 from Empire State Development. 

Other recent improvements include the resurfaced gym floor in Kaplan Hall; updated signage on the south end of Aquinas Hall featuring math, science, and technology imagery; vibrant new panel signage on the Garden Apartments featuring the Four Pillars of Dominican Life (Community, Study, Service, and Spirituality); repaved or seal coated roads and lots throughout the campus; new flooring in the Residence Life and Student Activities offices; heating and cooling improvements at Bishop Dunn Memorial School located on the Mount campus; and more. 

Also this summer, the Mount completed a series of energy-saving initiatives that began in July 2017. The college replaced more than 11,000 light fixtures around campus with new LED lighting good for a decade; installed new boilers and pumps in Aquinas Hall, Guzman Hall, and Bishop Dunn Memorial School; added a new swimming pool dehumidification unit in Kaplan Hall; and replaced rooftop heating units around campus with more efficient models. In addition to making the college more environmentally friendly, it’s estimated that the project will save the Mount about $360,000 in utility and operating costs in the first year following implementation.

The teamwork of dedicated Mount staff members helped to make the recent renovations a reality. Maryann Pilon, executive director of Facilities and liaison for Strategic Space Planning; James M. Raimo, vice president for Auxiliary Services; Douglas Smith, assistant director of Facilities; and the entire Facilities Team worked hard over the summer to bring these improvements to the campus.