Work begins on Union Graduate College site

MARC PARRY Staff Writer
Section: Capital Region,  Page: B4

Date: Saturday, June 14, 2008

SCHENECTADY - A vacant lot in downtown Schenectady will become a new campus for Union Graduate College under an $8 million project kicked off Friday.

The three-story, 24,000-square-foot building will go up at the corner of Nott Terrace and Liber ty Street, roughly a block from Union College. The college plans to base student services, faculty offices and teaching space in the building.

The Graduate Center is expected to open in the fall of 2009. Union Graduate College, which officially broke from Union College in 2004, offers master's degrees in education, engineering, management and bioethics.

The city's industrial development agency approved a $6.6 million borrowing plan for the project in January. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, who secured nearly $200,000 in federal aid for the project, described Friday's groundbreaking as "a great day for Schenectady."

"Union Graduate College could have located anywhere in the re gion, but instead they remained here," the New York Democrat said in a statement. "That is really a testament to the turnaround that the city and county have experienced in the past few years."

The college touted a range of "green" features planned for the building, from high-efficiency lighting to geothermal heating and cooling.