Siena Breaks Ground for Green Academic Building

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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — Siena College broke ground June 7 for a $6.9 million high-tech academic building, a new home for the departments of education, sociology and social work.

The almost 24,000-square-foot Richard and Joan Rosetti Hall, named for the parents and grandparents of Siena students, will include high-tech classrooms, seminar and meeting rooms, study areas, and 29 offices and computer labs. The building layout is designed to increase collaboration and better prepare future sociologists, social workers and teachers to enter the workforce.

“We get to bring three significant departments in our School of Liberal Arts together – sociology, social work and education,” said Kevin Mullen, OFM, Siena’s president.

Jacqueline Rosetti-Falvey ’84, and Richard Rosetti ’87, expressed happiness that their parents made the lead gift. “I can’t imagine that 60 years ago, my grandfather was pounding nails that hold together Siena Hall and today my parents would be donating enough money to build a whole building. I thought to myself, this is the American dream come true,” said Richard Rosetti. The Rosettis own Rosetti Properties in Albany, N.Y.

Rosetti Hall is Siena’s first LEED-certified construction project, meaning that it will have practical and measurable green-building design, construction, operations and maintenance features.

Among those features are a geothermal heating and cooling system, photo-voltaic solar panels and LED lighting.

“Students will work in very close proximity with their faculty all the time and next to classrooms that are very well equipped and have technology that the faculty need to use,” said School of Liberal Arts dean Ralph Blasting. “It gives us a chance to use interactive white boards, SMART Boards and video technology,” said associate professor of education Mark Jury, giving aspiring teachers the latest advancements in education today.

Rosetti Hall will be equipped with a video production studio and editing suite so social work students can record and produce interactions with mock clients and receive feedback from their professors, according to a college news release. A Class of 2012 Gift will fund a $16,000 lounge in Rosetti Hall.

“I’m really happy to be able to give this legacy to my children and my granddaughter. It is something that will be in our family forever,” said Joan Rosetti.

Rosetti Hall is scheduled to open in September.