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Marist College to Break Ground On $60 Million Dyson Center Project 

The Marist College Board of Trustees has approved a transformational expansion and enhancement of the Dyson Center, home to the College’s Schools of Management and Social and Behavioral Sciences.  All Marist students, regardless of program of study, will benefit from this ambitious project.  Construction will begin in June immediately following Commencement, and the project is scheduled to be completed in early 2024.  The facility is being funded in part by a generous lead gift from the Dyson Foundation. 
 
A World-Class Academic Building 
 
“The reimagined Dyson Center will be a campus centerpiece, with state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, learning, research, socialization and collaboration,” President Kevin Weinman said.  “This project represents a bold investment in Marist’s future that will provide all Marist students with an outstanding educational experience to prepare them for successful lives and careers.”  
 
When completed, the project will double the size of the Dyson Center from 54,000 square feet to 110,000 square feet.  The new facility, designed by the internationally recognized firm Ann Beha Architects, will feature state-of-the-art classrooms; faculty offices; a 150-seat tiered lecture hall; and labs for student-faculty research, especially in the areas of cognitive, developmental and social psychology.  Said Vice President for Academic Affairs Thom Wermuth, “We envision a first-class academic building that is a hub of ideas and intellectual exchange.  In planning the new Dyson Center, we wanted to ensure ample workspace for student collaboration, a signature aspect of a Marist education.” 
 
In addition to the Schools of Management and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Dyson will also house Marist’s Center for Career Services, the Student Investment Center, and an atrium that features a soaring ceiling, café, lounge, and abundant social and collaborative space.  “We are extremely excited for the immense potential that this project offers for the Marist student experience,” said Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students Deb DiCaprio.  “With its central location on campus, this new space invites students from all disciplines to gather and socialize together.” 
 
Commitment to Sustainability 
 
In keeping with Marist’s longstanding commitment to environmental responsibility, the new Dyson Center features many sustainable design elements, including environmentally-friendly and locally sourced materials, and a green roof.  It is the latest in a long line of building projects at the College to prioritize sustainability and energy efficiency. 
 
“In approving this project, the Board of Trustees is signaling its confidence, both in the high quality of a Marist education, and in the future of the College,” said Board Chair Ross Mauri.  “This building will strengthen our academic programs, support the excellent work of our faculty, attract outstanding new students, and enhance an already beautiful campus.  We’re excited for the possibilities this project opens up and are gratified to know that the new Dyson Center will benefit Marist students for decades to come.”  
 
For more information, please visit https://www.marist.edu/dyson