Siena Dedicates New Center

Jocelyn Thomas In the Headlines

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — An addition to the Siena College campus across the street from the main campus has been unveiled. On July 26, the college officially opened its new Trustco Bank Center, a facility housing the college’s finance, business affairs and human resources offices, as well as the Capital District’s Reserve Officer Training Corps.

The site of the former New York State Police Troop G headquarters on Route 9 has been transformed into the center.

“We are grateful to Trustco Bank for supporting the development of this environmentally-friendly building,” said Kevin Mullen, OFM, Siena College president. “The Trustco Bank Center provides Siena College employees with comfortable new work and meeting areas and allows us to develop additional space for student services and academic initiatives.”

Those who gathered last week included the McCormack family, founders of TrustCo Bank, who gave a significant financial gift to the project, Siena administrators and staff, local government officials and state troopers, and TrustCo bank representatives.

“The dedication of the building is another example of the development of Siena College from a small commuter school to the excellent institution that it is today,” said Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, who attended the morning celebration. “It is a great tribute to Kevin Mullen and the Siena community.”

After a welcome by Kevin, ribbon cutting and blessing of the cornerstone, tours were given.

“The building was completely renovated inside, so much so that several state police troopers present for the dedication could hardly believe it was the same building they had worked out of for almost 50 years,” John noted.

The Trustco Bank Center will be LEED-certified and has “green features,” including a solar system and energy-efficient heating and cooling system, according to a Siena announcement.

This is the second building the college has opened in the last few years. In August 2010, a new residence hall opened. This September, the 75-year-old college, just outside Albany, will open its new Rosetti Hall, also a LEED-certified construction project. John said he hopes to attend the dedication.

A video and additional photos of friars who attended the dedication are available on the school’s website.

 Jocelyn Thomas is director of communications for Holy Name Province.