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Beardsley Campaign Gift

DATE: 12-17-2004

Beardsley Design Associates of Auburn has pledged its support for Community Partners Building for the Future, the capital campaign for Cayuga Community College. The architectural engineering firm has pledged $2,700 for the first of what may be several annual gifts to the Cayuga County Community College Foundation.

Beardsley president Richard C. Elliott, P.E., a 1992 Cayuga alumnus, stated, “Beardsley Design Associates is committed to the long-term growth of Cayuga Community College . . . and we look forward to working with the college in the future as it expands to meet the growing needs of the community.”

In 1959 Beardsley Design Associates was the architect for the college's Franklin Street campus?its first new construction project, replacing the college's original home in a former elementary school. Recently, the firm developed a new geothermal heating and cooling system for the main classroom and office building on the campus, as part of the college's master plan for facilities improvements.

Nearly 160 community foundations, businesses, organizations, and individuals have contributed to the Foundation's campaign. Funding will be used to increase the instructional equipment endowment for the college's Auburn and Fulton campuses and for renovation projects on the Auburn campus. Martha S. MacKay, interim executive director of the Foundation, reported that a total of $1,518,000 has been pledged, including a challenge match of $500,000 from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.

Community Partners Building for the Future was launched to complement $13 million in public funds to support capital projects for the 45-year-old campus in Auburn. Partners in the construction and renovation projects include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Cayuga County Legislature, and the State University of New York. Completed projects include the James T. Walsh Regional Economic Center, an enlarged front entrance to the College, classroom and laboratory renovations, and energy-efficient upgrades such as the geothermal system.

Future projects will include renovations to the community theatre, renovating the production suites for the college's award-winning telecommunications program, updating the community child care facility, and relocating the bookstore. All project components were approved by the College Board of Trustees and the Cayuga County Legislature in 1997 as part of Cayuga's facilities master plan.

The Cayuga County Community College Foundation's mission is to enhance and provide assistance for educational and related programs of Cayuga Community College that are not included in the College's operating budget. The Foundation provides between $350,000 and $500,000 to the College annually based on donations from businesses, other foundations, alumni, current and retired faculty and staff, and individuals and friends of the College.