Marist College Dedicates the Hancock CenterMay 6, 2011
The Hancock Center at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, was dedicated today. The new building will house traditional academic programs and provides space for collaborative research, innovation, and small-business incubation. Named for lead donor and chair of Marist's board of trustees Ellen Hancock, and her husband Jason, the building will help infuse information technology into all of the College's academic programs.
"Although the Hancock Center houses our School of Computer Science and Mathematics, the concept is that technology is not just for computer science majors but for everyone," said Marist President Dennis J. Murray. "The Center will help students across all disciplines learn how technology impacts their fields of study and the professions they will enter. The Hancock Center will also enhance our efforts to assist the state's economic development through incubation of start-ups. It will nurture entrepreneurs in their business development with the goal of creating companies and jobs and growing the economy in the Hudson River Valley."
The Hancock Center, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, led by Robert A.M. Stern and his partners Graham S. Wyatt and Kevin Smith, is organized by an "L"-shaped plan that improves the definition of two of the campus's green spaces, the Hudson Meadow and the Quadrangle. The main entrance is located at the base of a generous stair tower that serves as a beacon for the college, visible from the campus entry gate and from across the river. A second entrance off the Meadow offers 24-hour access to the building's three computer laboratories. To the west, a three-story wing provides offices for faculty and administrators as well as conference and seminar rooms; a lower level tucked into the slope of the site accommodates offices and computer labs. The north wing houses technology development suites on the ground floor and two levels of classrooms above. The suites, which include a technology showcase, and collaborative work/study spaces, are developed as a naturally-lit gallery punctuated by windows and doors which open out to a quiet patio for seasonal gatherings and functions.