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SUNY ESC Celebrates 40th Anniversary with New Space at 325 Hudson St. in NYC

By David Henahan, Director of Communications

November 22, 2011

325 Hudson St. OpeningThe college’s Metropolitan Center and The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies welcome
faculty from the college’s Center for Distance Learning and School for Graduate Studies.

The State University of New York Empire State College officially opened new space in Manhattan
through the addition of 22,000 square feet, the entire third floor, at 325 Hudson St.

“The third floor of 325 Hudson is much more than a physical space,” said college President Alan R. Davis. “The expansion is the manifestation of the intellectual collaboration of various college sectors, which will increase the college’s prominence, enhance student services and advance learning networks in New York City. Having education needs and goals drive the design and use of space is very much in keeping with the tradition of innovation begun with the founding of the college 40 years ago.”

Davis made his remarks on Oct. 19 at an event marking the opening of the new floor and the college’s 40th anniversary. The additional space was designed to meet growing enrollment and the demand by students for both online and face-to-face education, which is characterized in higher education as blended learning.

The space advances teaching and learning by providing flexibility for multiple uses and modes of learning and state-of-the-art technology and was designed to accommodate faculty and students from the college’s Metropolitan Center, The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, the School for Graduate Studies and the Center for Distance Learning.

The space will better support instruction and graduate and undergraduate learning.

Features of the new space include:

  • a new student center
  • added instructional space including classrooms and digital laboratories
  • office space for all centers in new configurations to support collaboration
  • top-quality conference space, including one large multi-purpose room
  • additional conference rooms and classrooms with videoconferencing and presentation capability

It will be collaboratively overseen by Cynthia Ward, dean of the Metropolitan Center; Michael Merrill, dean of The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies; Robert Clougherty, dean of the School for Graduate Studies; and Tom Mackey, interim dean of the Center for Distance Learning.

With the addition of the third floor, the college now leases 55,663 square feet of space on Hudson Street.