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Duquesne acquiring famous downtown building from RMU, for the benefit of both universities

In an agreement that will benefit the expansion of both institutions, Duquesne University has entered into a sales agreement with Robert Morris University to purchase RMU's downtown Pittsburgh Center building at 600 Fifth Avenue.

The eight story, 100,000-square-foot building was originally RMU's main campus, but in the last several decades 90% of the university's undergraduate enrollment has shifted to their campus in Moon Township.

"The sale of the Pittsburgh Center represents an important step in RMU's transformation from a local business school to a comprehensive residential university that draws students from all over the United States and across the globe," says Gregory G. Dell'Omo, president of RMU.

The final sale of the building at the end of October will allow RMU to build a new facility for its Media Arts department and lease space in other areas for satellite schools, which will cater to nontraditional students who might not be able to commute to the Moon campus.  Neither Duquesne or RMU will disclose the sale price at this point in time.

The sale will have a major impact on Duquesne, as well, by giving the school an additional 87 classrooms, 1,100 seats, and new music facilities. Duquesne plans to heavily utilize the building for its graduate departments, which have expanded by 104% since 2005. This year's freshmen class is one of the five largest in Duquesne's history. With such rapid expansion in students and departments, this is the first significant expansion of academic space since the construction of the Bayer Learning Center and acquisition of Fisher Hall in 1995.

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Writer: John Farley
Source: Jonathan Potts, director of marketing for RMU
             Rose Ravasio, media manager for Duquesne University

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