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Pace University Breaks Ground on New Athletic Facilities at Pleasantville Campus

10/09/2014

Pace University Breaks Ground on New Athletic Facilities at Pleasantville Campus

$13.5 Million Project Includes New Field House, Multi-Purpose Field and New Fields for Baseball, Field Hockey and Softball

PLEASANTVILLE, NY (October 9, 2014) -- Pace University broke ground today on a new athletics complex that will modernize and upgrade athletic facilities on its Pleasantville campus. The $13.5 million project, which is part of the Pace Master Plan for the Pleasantville campus, includes construction of a new athletics field house, a new softball field and renovations to Peter X. Finnerty Field as well as a new multi-purpose field. 

Local officials joined with Pace faculty, students, athletes, staff and alumni for a groundbreaking ceremony held on Pace Field on the Pleasantville campus. 

“This investment by our University documents, not only the support for our 400 or so student-athletes but dedication to the entire Pleasantville campus community. This project will revolutionize how we operate as a department by providing excellent facilities for our student-athletes and the student body as a whole” remarked Director of Athletics Mark Brown.

The new 14,000-square-foot field house will include a strength center for student-athletes, locker rooms for the women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse teams, a football locker room, athletic training room, coaches’ offices, equipment room and VIP room. Construction of the building is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015.

The multi-purpose field will feature an artificial turf surface, lights, seating for 1,000 fans and an enclosed press box. The field will be the home for the Pace Football, Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Lacrosse and Women’s Soccer programs.

Peter X. Finnerty Field will feature an artificial turf surface, new dugouts and lights. In addition to serving as the new home of the Pace Baseball team, the field will also be the home of the newly established women’s field hockey program with the first varsity season approaching in the fall of 2015.

A new softball field will be built in the southwest corner of the Pleasantville campus adjacent to the Taconic State Parkway.  Home of the Pace Softball team, the new field will feature a natural grass surface. The first softball season on the new field will be in the spring of 2016. 

The multi-purpose field as well as the renovations to Peter X. Finnerty Field are all expected to be completed by the end of this year. The athletics field house and the new softball field will be completed in the fall of 2015.

Last October, Pace University broke ground for a Master Plan to transform and revitalize the 200-acre Pleasantville campus. In addition to the new athletic facilities, the $100 million first phase entails creation of two new residential buildings, an expanded student center and a new environmental center. Construction is under way on the residential buildings, expanded student center and environmental center. The project will enable Pace to consolidate functions that are now split between campuses in Pleasantville and Briarcliff. Currently 690 students reside on the Pleasantville campus and 590 at Briarcliff. The 35-acre Briarcliff campus, which Pace opened in 1977, is for sale.

Photo caption: Left to right: Bill Link, Director of Physical Plant; Mark Brown, Athletics Director; T.J. McDonald, Pace Baseball Alumnus; Fred Calaicone, former Pace Head Baseball Coach; Stephen J. Friedman, President; Bill McGrath, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Westchester Campuses.

About Pace Athletics: Pace University is an NCAA Division II member of the Northeast-10 Conference and the Eastern College Athletic Conference that sponsors 14 intercollegiate sports. Pace also sponsors a Spirit Squad which includes Dance and Cheerleading teams. For more information visit the Pace Athletics website.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, N.Y., enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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Pace University Announces Selection of Design Build Team for Athletic Facilities Featured in Master Plan for Pleasantville Campus

03/24/2014

Pace University Announces Selection of Design Build Team for Athletic Facilities Featured in Master Plan for Pleasantville Campus

Pace University Announces Selection of Design Build Team for Athletic Facilities Featured in Master Plan for Pleasantville Campus


Andron Construction and OSports Selected for Project that Includes

Varsity Field House, Turf Fields with Lights among Numerous Program Upgrades

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (March 2014) -- Pace University has announced the selection of Andron Construction and OSports as the design build team for the Athletic Department component of the Master Plan for the revitalization of the Pleasantville campus. Andron will handle construction management and OSports will provide architectural and engineering services. 

Based in Goldens Bridge, NY, Andron is one of the region's leading general contractors and construction managers. Founded in 1969, the company provides all phases of construction, from program development through final completion. Andron has provided construction management services for projects in public and private education, healthcare, senior living and science and technology. The company has managed several major construction projects for Pace University including the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center in Pleasantville, a three-story classroom building at the Pace University Law School in White Plains and a 32,000-square-foot building that houses the computer science department and business school in Pleasantville.

OSports has a rich heritage of sports and recreation planning and design dating back to 1909. Since then, it has designed some of the nation's most famous venues including the original Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Cleveland Municipal Stadium and old Comiskey Park. More recently, OSports has provided master planning and architectural and engineering services for Ohio State University's 102,329-seat football stadium known as the "Horseshoe." The firm, which is based in Cleveland, also specializes in designing facilities for small- to medium-size colleges, universities, schools and communities.

The Athletics Department component of the Pleasantville Master Plan includes the renovation of Peter X. Finnerty Field with a turf surface and lights for night games. Finnerty Field is home for the Pace Baseball team and will become the game field for the newly formed Women’s Field Hockey program. Pace Field, currently the home field for Pace Football and Men’s Lacrosse will be renovated to a synthetic surface with lights, approximately 1,000 seats, and a new press box. The new field will be the home for the Pace Football, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Lacrosse and Women’s Lacrosse teams. Other athletics-related improvements include the creation of a new softball field behind Dyson Hall to replace the field currently on the Briarcliff campus and construction of a varsity field house with locker rooms, administrative offices, a varsity weight room, sports medicine training facilities, and a VIP Room overlooking the field.

Ground was broken this past fall on the $100 million first phase of the Master Plan for the transformation of the Pleasantville campus. It is the most extensive expansion and improvement project since the campus opened over 50 years ago. The fully approved four-year Master Plan will result in the consolidation of the Briarcliff campus at Pleasantville and include a wide range of important improvements including significantly expanded and upgraded athletics facilities. 

In addition to the athletic facilities, the Master Plan includes construction of new residence halls, an expansion of the Morris and Janet Kessel Student Center, relocation of the Pace Environmental Center to an expanded site of the campus and an overall reorientation of the campus to a pedestrian-friendly design.

The announcement of the design build team for the Pace Athletics facilities comes as the department prepares to induct its 50th member into the Pace Athletics Hall of Fame at the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, March 28 beginning at 6pm. The Pace Pleasantville campus is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Hall of Fame dinner will be held at Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison, NY.

About Pace Athletics: Pace University is an NCAA Division II member of the Northeast-10 Conference that sponsors 14 intercollegiate sports. Pace also sponsors a Spirit Squad which includes Dance and Cheerleading teams. In the Fall 2013 semester, 57% of Pace student-athletes achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher with five recording a perfect 4.0 GPA. 

About Pace University: Pace University is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York city and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law and College of Health Professions. www.pace.edu