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Robert Morris University celebrates 90 years, first LEED building

Robert Morris University will celebrate 90 years with the opening of their first LEED certified building on September 6th.  The new building will be the School of Business’ first official home at the Moon Township campus.

“It's going to be something that I think everyone on campus is proud of,” says Jonathan Potts, a university spokesperson.  “I think it’s just going to enhance the reputation of campus [and this building is] part of a lot of other improvements that are taking place at our Moon campus,” Potts says.

In addition to added classroom space, the building includes the PNC Trading Center, the U.S. Steel Videoconferencing and Technology Resource Center, and the Allegheny Technologies Global Library.

The videoconferencing center will feature a telepresence facility which projects life-size images of speakers seated around a table.  Potts says this center will be the largest of its kind in the region.

The 18,000 sq. ft. structure is the university's first building to be paid for entirely through fundraising and donations.  Potts says the university plans to fund all future non-residence structures using the same fundraising model.

Part of the building's financing came from a $10 million award from the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. And the Richard King Mellon Foundation gave $3 million of a $5 million donation for the building's construction.

Other developments at the RMU campus include a new residence hall, renovations to the campus dining facility, and renovations to Wayne Center for the school’s Media Arts program. Construction of the Regional Research and Innovations in Simulation Education (RISE) Center is expected to begin in the near future.

“Our long range plan is for each of our academic schools to have their own dedicated space,” Potts says.

Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Jonathan Potts
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