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Salisbury University Breaks Ground on New Academic Center

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University Officials ceremoniously break the ground for the GAC. (Photo: Salisbury University) University Officials ceremoniously break the ground for the GAC. (Photo: Salisbury University)
SALISBURY, Md. - Salisbury University broke ground Thursday for a new academic center. School officials say the new "Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons," or GAC, will be the largest academic building in history of the university.

The $111.4 million facility will be home to a new library, and reconfigured classroom, research and study space.

University officials say the building will be located on the site of the now demolished "Caruthers Hall," and is in the academic center of campus. Fulton Hall, which is home to the liberal and performing arts and Henson Science Hall and Perdue Hall which hold the business school are to the north and south of the GAC.  The campus mall and Route 13 surround the remaining sides. The university says it's hoped that this new location will make the building the "epicenter of intellectual life on campus."

University officials say the GAC will allow SU to bring together specialized academic programs such as the Writing Center, Center for Student Achievement and Math Emporium.  It will also have a new designated space called the "Graduate Commons," which will be for the university's growing population of graduate students.

The GAC is named in memory of Patricia R. Guerrieri who is an SU alumna. The university says the Guerrieri Family Foundation donated $8 million for the building and library collections.

According to Salisbury University's Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network, the construction project is expected to have a regional impact of some $238 million and bring some 350 jobs to the area.

The university says the GAC is scheduled to open in Fall 2016 on campus in Salisbury.
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