The announcement comes on August 28, as the College community celebrates the dedication of its landmark new building, the Regional Economic Center at the Auburn campus. The $5.1 million center, for which ground was broken in October 2000, was built through a partnership of local, state, and federal government funding sources.
The Regional Economic Center, in turn, is the major portion of a $10.3 project to upgrade the College's Franklin Street campus, whose first buildings were completed in 1959. Since spring 2002, completed portions of the project include an enlarged, updated entrance to the main classroom building; classroom and office renovations; energy-efficient windows, a geothermal heating and cooling system; mechanical upgrades; new high voltage lines; and expanding parking capacity.
Future components, slated through 2004, will include improvements to the College's broadcasting education and physical education facilities, bookstore, child care center, and 500-seat theatre.
As part of the planning for these improvements, the College's foundation committed itself to conduct a capital campaign to raise $1 million of the necessary funding, and an additional $500,000 to increase its existing instructional equipment endowment.
Nearly $800,000 has been promised from foundations in gifts, pledges and challenge matches and more than $200,000 has been pledged by local businesses. College trustees, board members, alumni, faculty, staff and friends have pledged $85,000.
Foundation gifts include support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation, the Stanley W. Metcalf Foundation, the Allyn Foundation, D. E. French Foundation, Columbian Foundation, Samuel and Bertha Schwartz Foundation, and the Frances C. and Albert C. Knight Foundation. Supporting businesses include First Niagara Bank Foundation; The Citizen; Nucor; LeChase Construction Services; Midstate Mutual Insurance; Tompkins Trust Company; Welch Allyn; Joy, McCoola and Zilch Architects and Planners; Cayuga Lake National Bank; Boyle and Anderson; Hand Held Products; Bergan and Young; Johnston Paper; J. D. Taylor Construction; Integrated Circuit Systems; and Tessy Plastics. Gifts in kind were received from Fagliarone Group CPAs and Dickman Farms.
The campaign's steering committee, chaired by Pamela Kirkwood, includes Laura Coburn, Rick Emanuel, Dennis Golladay, Paul Lattimore Jr., Jack McLane, Maureen McKenna, Marty MacKay, Dick Scolaro and Ralph Standbrook.