Groundbreaking for new S&E building occurs Friday of ReUnion Weekend


On Friday, May 19, Union College students, faculty and staff gathered outside by Bailey Hall at one p.m. to celebrate and officially commence the construction of the new Science and Engineering Building.
This project was approved by the Union College Board of Trustees on February 25, 2017 and will cost about $100 million. The project will take three years to complete and become, as President Ainlay mentioned, one of the most ambitious constructions in the college’s history.
This ceremony was one of many events occurring as part of the ReUnion Weekend. Other events continued throughout the day and Saturday and Sunday.
At the ceremony, members of the Union student body and Board of Trustees spoke of the significance of the project.
They detailed the importance of Union, as a liberal arts college, allowing and encouraging engineering students to take courses outside of STEM in which students can explore and see connections between fields.
Tommy Gagliardi ’19 spoke of his experience at the college. He discussed the potential of the construction and the opportunities and improvements the new building will provide.
He is a Biochemistry major who represents one of many STEM majors who will directly benefit from the new facilities.
Presiden Stephen Ainlay also spoke and gave this construction historical context in the college’s history.
He stated, “Make no mistake, this building will set the standard for what it means to be a liberal arts college.”
Once finished, the new building will be comparable to facilities of other, larger collegiate institutions in the country.
President Ainlay then thanked the Board of Trustees for their vision of the college.
President Ainlay and members of the Board of Trustees, together, officially began the construction by each taking a shovel and digging a small hole into a bucket of dirt to symbolize the coming project.
Samples of the dirt from this part of the ceremony were also distributed to members of the audience to mark the significance of the construction.


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