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Constructing a New Idea Hub


A state of the art space for next gen social scientists and business leaders is slated for completion in 2024 at Marist College’s Poughkeepsie campus. With the vision of pollinating ideas across disciplines Marist has committed $60 million for renovation of the Dyson Center.


Campus Centerpiece

Funded in part by a lead gift from the Dyson Foundation, renovation and expansion of the thirty year old building is envisioned as “a first-class academic building that is a hub of ideas and intellectual exchange…” Hudson Valley Magazine shares:


When complete, the Dyson Center will be double the size, going from 54,000 sq ft to 110,000 sq ft…The new Dyson Center will feature sustainable design elements, including environmentally-friendly and locally sourced materials, and a green roof…Although the building will be brand-new, Marist already made design plans to keep the architecture and aesthetic similar to the rest of the buildings on campus. The new facility will be designed by the internationally recognized firm Ann Beha Architects. The building will feature a 150-seat lecture hall, state-of-the-art classrooms, and special research labs for cognitive, developmental, and social psychology.


“We are extremely excited for the immense potential that this project offers for the Marist student experience,” says the Dean of Students Deb DiCaprio. “With its central location on campus, this new space invites students from all disciplines to gather and socialize together.”


Reimagining and rebuilding is in big demand across the country. So are contractors specializing in renovation. In addition to the home renovation surge, college campuses are busy constructing modern learning and wellness hubs, while cultural institutions are giving fresh perspective to the spaces that hold our collective stories.


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Poughkeepsie Bound?

If you are headed to Poughkeepsie from the tri-state area, you may experience some of the infrastructure efforts anticipated for action soon. Flying in? Take heart: the infamously dingy and difficult Terminal B at New York’s LaGuardia Airport is reportedly 95% complete, after nearly six years of renovation. Among the interesting—and helpful—features: two pedestrian sky bridges, which create more room for people and planes.


Ambitious renovation is in fact underway at many airport terminals in the United States. As most are over 40 years old , construction to keep up with the times—and crowds—is critical. Construction Dive reports that many of the airport building projects that had been placed on hold earlier in the pandemic have been re-started. Not surprisingly, COVID-19 has led to increased focus on health, convenience and adaptability as airports are reimagined.


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