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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

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Pace renovates clinical labs, upgrades technology

12/09/2013

Reporter Crystal Kang from the Westchester County Business Journal reported in-depth about Pace's newly renovated Clinical Education Labs in the College of Health Professions in Pleasantville. Crystal spent a day touring the labs and interviewing standardized patients, Dean Harriet Feldman, Associate Dean Gerrie Colombraro, students and faculty. The article appeared in print on November 27.

In a $608,000 makeover, Pace University’s College of Health Professions installed video cameras, patient monitors, headboards and a control room in two newly reconfigured labs. Mannequins in hospital beds wearing breathing tubes and armbands feature fake wounds and droplets of sweat to resemble real patients. Students in the college’s registered nursing, accelerated B.S. in nursing, family nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs can now access 4,276 square feet of academic space in six labs as they tend to their human simulator patients in lab exercises using enhanced technology for more hands-on training.

The new technology in the simulation labs will give Pace students a competitive edge in the workforce, said Geraldine Colombraro, associate dean for Pace’s College of Health Professions.

“Hospitals and other health care organizations seek out students with simulation on their resumes,” Colombraro said. “Our students have a competitive advantage when they graduate because they’ve done simulation. It shows potential employers that they’ve worked in teams to solve problems and that they’ve been exposed to complicated or high risk scenarios.”

Each of the six labs is fully equipped with tools such as monitors and respirators to help students learn patient care skills, familiarize themselves with the medical equipment and make decisions in medical exercises. Students interact with standardized patients or actors hired by the school for training in medical situations. These standardized patients stick to certain scripts and act out the scenes in a way that cues students to use their clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills.

“We enact various characters according to guidelines,” said Leigh Trifari, a Pace standardized patient actress. “Sometimes we have a script of character description and we improvise our responses and create a back story. We acted out a scenario where a set of parents had a daughter with traumatic brain injury and they had to decide whether to pull the plug. We know how to react as patients and respond in a way that will give the students the proper learning experience.”

The control room allows faculty members to separate themselves from the students and still observe their performance. The students are encouraged to suspend their disbelief and fully immerse themselves in the lab exercises. The video cameras help students review their performance and debrief with faculty members after each lab exercise.

“We take a look at what happened and what should’ve happened,” said Elizabeth Berro, co-director and professor of Pace’s clinical lab. “We find out what was going on in the student’s head. Did they know an oxygen device was needed? Through the debriefing process, we know exactly where the students’ level of understanding is and we’re able to clarify what the missing pieces of information were for each of them.”

The College of Health Professions plans to open its simulation labs to Pace’s clinical partners and even develop partnerships with area hospitals, which would give nursing employees opportunities to re-learn and develop critical clinical skills, said Marybeth Carpiniello, Pace clinical education labs manager.

“We would like to partner with different hospitals in Westchester and re-certify employees through programs in our simulation labs,” Carpiniello said. “We’re trying to share our resources with hospital employees and nurses to provide a platform for continuing education.”

The renovated lab provides more space for Pace students across all the health profession programs to learn and practice basic skills training in group settings. The simulation labs will run more than 500 classes and activities this semester ranging from tutoring to skills development training, Berro said.

“We want to teach students about patient safety, emergency situations and how to improve communication among health professionals starting at the classroom level,” Berro said.

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Pace Receives Municipal Approval to Revitalize its Pleasantville Campus

07/15/2013

Pace Receives Municipal Approval to Revitalize its Pleasantville Campus

Groundbreaking for 1st Phase of Construction Set for September

PLEASANTVILLE, NY (July 2013) – In what is a major milestone for Westchester County’s largest university, the Town of Mount Pleasant Planning Board has voted to approve the site plan for phase 1A of Pace University’s $100 million construction project to transform and reposition its Pleasantville campus.

In May, Pace University’s Board of Trustees voted to move forward with the project. The Trustees’ green light for implementation of the Master Plan comes as Pace prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Westchester campus. A groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of construction is scheduled for September.

“As the Pace University Pleasantville campus prepares to celebrate its 50th Anniversary in September, we prepare for the transformation and revitalization of the campus,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman. “The capital improvements in Pleasantville, together with new academic programs and related enhancements, represent a significant investment in and commitment to the future of the Pleasantville campus.”

The Master Plan is designed to enhance the quality of the Pleasantville campus experience. The first phase includes new residence halls, expanding and upgrading the student center, relocating and expanding the environmental center, adding new athletic facilities, upgrading existing buildings and infrastructure and improving pedestrian accessibility. The environmentally-focused plan will incorporate extensive “green” building designs and technologies while staying within the existing campus core.

The five-year, multi-phase 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. While no classes are taught in Briarcliff, the plan will allow athletic and certain administration functions that are now there to be brought to Pleasantville.

The unified campus will bring multiple benefits including enhancing the overall quality of student life and experience and eliminating approximately 3,000 annual bus trips that are now required to shuttle students between campuses that are 2.5 miles apart.

The Master Plan will create a sustainable campus that reduces dependence on cars and encourages pedestrian activity with beautifully landscaped pathways and a new central campus green. Approximately 60 percent of the 200-acre property on Bedford Road (Route 117) adjacent to the Taconic State Parkway will remain as green space.

The planned improvements will have minimal visible impact on the surrounding area and the 115-acre internal wooded buffer that wraps around the north, east and southeast portions of the campus will remain undisturbed.

Highlights of the Phase 1A of the Master Plan include:

Residence Halls

  • Two new 4-story residence halls that will house a small dining facility, classrooms, study lounges, and faculty apartments.

Open Space and Infrastructure

  • Create a new campus green at the center linked by pedestrian paths.
  • Reconfigure and relocate parking out of the campus core.

Athletic and Recreational Facilities

  • Build a new multipurpose field for football, soccer and lacrosse with artificial turf.
  • Improve the existing baseball field with artificial turf and lighting.
  • Construct a new field house at south end of multipurpose field.
  • Create a grass softball field at southwest corner of campus.

Administration and Academic Facilities

  • Renovate and expand Kessel Student Center to provide for students moving from Briarcliff.
  • Relocate environmental center buildings, animal shelters and a paddock to space north of Goldstein Health & Fitness Center.
  • Add a new nature walk connecting to the environmental center facilities.

These planned improvements are anticipated to be completed over a period of five to eight years. The first phase will entail creation of the residential buildings and athletic facilities necessary to replace those being vacated at the Briarcliff campus. Subsequent phasing is planned so as to minimize impacts on campus activities as well as the adjacent neighborhood.

Brailsford & Dunlavey will manage the project. The architect is EYP Architecture and Engineering. The site engineer and landscape architect is Divney Tung Schwalbe and the construction manager is Kirchhoff-Consigli.

The Master Plan represents a significant investment by Pace University in the local and regional economy. Pace, which is Westchester’s 13th largest employer, contributes approximately $64 million annually to the county’s economy in direct and indirect spending. Of its total workforce, 934 live and work in Westchester; of that total 205 reside in the Town of Mount Pleasant. Additionally, some 18,384 Pace alumni live in the county with 1,900 residing in Mount Pleasant.

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 Submits Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Master Plan Designed to Realize a New Vision for the Pleasantville Campus

03/29/2012

Pace Submits Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Master Plan Designed to Realize a New Vision for the Pleasantville Campus

PLEASANTVILLE, NY (March 29, 2012) – Pace University today announced it has submitted to the Town of Mount Pleasant a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) of a Master Plan designed to realize a new vision for the Pleasantville campus. 

The Town has scheduled a public hearing on the DEIS for May 3. Copies of the DEIS will be available online at www.paceplvmasterplan.com. 

Last summer, Pace unveiled a Master Plan that will enhance the quality of the campus experience by reconfiguring the campus core, improving the infrastructure and upgrading existing facilities. Pace has submitted an application requesting amendments to the Town zoning code that are necessary to accommodate the proposed campus improvements. 

The environmentally sensitive plan, which is the culmination of three years of internal study and planning, is designed to meet existing demand with no expansion outside the Pleasantville campus core. The multi-phase program calls for bringing functions currently at the school’s Briarcliff campus to the Pleasantville campus. Approximately 690 students live on the Pleasantville campus with some 590 residing on the Briarcliff site. The 35-acre Briarcliff campus, which opened in 1977, will be sold. 

The Master Plan will create a sustainable campus that reduces dependence on cars and encourages pedestrian activity with beautifully landscaped pathways and a new central “Campus Green.” Approximately 60 percent of the 200-acre Pleasantville campus will remain green space. In addition, converting to a single campus will eliminate the estimated 3,000 annual bus trips that are now required to ferry students between the two campuses.

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Pace University Unveils Master Plan for Repositioning Pleasantville Campus

07/15/2011

Pace University Unveils Master Plan for Repositioning Pleasantville Campus

Multi-Phase Plan Calls for Reconfiguring Campus Core, 
Improving Infrastructure and Upgrading Facilities 


Briarcliff Functions to be Consolidated on to Pleasantville Campus

PLEASANTVILLE, NY (July 2011) – Culminating two years of internal study and planning, Pace University has unveiled a comprehensive and environmentally sensitive Master Plan for the repositioning of its Pleasantville campus. The plan is designed to enhance the quality of the campus experience by reconfiguring the campus core, improving the infrastructure and upgrading existing facilities. 

The multi-phase program calls for bringing functions currently at the school’s Briarcliff campus to the Pleasantville campus. The Master Plan is designed to meet existing demand with no expansion outside the Pleasantville campus core. Approximately 690 students live on the Pleasantville campus with some 590 residing on the Briarcliff site. The 35-acre Briarcliff campus, which opened in 1977, is being marketed to potential new users. 

Pace recently submitted an application requesting amendments to the Town of Mount Pleasant zoning code that are necessary to accommodate the proposed improvements. The plan will be subject to a full environmental review by the Town. 

Pace will remain committed to advancing Sustainability in the county. The plan will create a campus that reduces dependence on cars and encourages pedestrian activity with beautifully landscaped pathways and a new central “Campus Green.” 

Approximately 60 percent of the 200-acre Pleasantville campus will remain green space. The new buildings will be developed with national standard green designs. Pace will have the opportunity to integrate our Academic Environmental programs in the new residence halls. 

Converting to a single campus will eliminate the estimated 3,000 annual bus trips that are now required to ferry students between the campuses that are 2.5 miles apart. The plan is designed to enhance the overall physical character of the 48-year-old Pleasantville campus with architecturally attractive new and upgraded residence halls and a series of other improvements to the campus and its buildings. 

Access to the campus from Bedford Road (Route 117) will be modified to improve and reduce traffic impacts and significantly enhance the appearance of the road frontage. The number of access points to the campus on Bedford Road will be reduced from five to three. 

The planned improvements will have no visible impact on the surrounding area and the 115-acre internal wooded buffer that wraps around the north, east and southeast portions of the campus will remain undisturbed. 

“This Master Plan is a vision for a modern and sustainable campus designed to create an enhanced student experience,” said University President Stephen J. Friedman. “It is designed to enable Pace to continue to attract and retain high quality students and to fulfill our educational mission. The plan, which is the result of extensive study and analysis, adheres to sustainable development standards in a manner that is sensitive to the existing environmental conditions of the site and the surrounding community.” 

The improvements outlined in the Master Plan are anticipated to be completed over a period of five to eight years. The first phase will entail creation of the residential buildings and athletic facilities necessary to replace those being vacated at the Briarcliff campus. Subsequent phasing is planned so as to minimize impacts on campus activities as well as the adjacent area. 

The Master Plan represents a significant investment by Pace in the local and regional economy. Pace, which is Westchester’s largest university and 13th largest employer, contributes approximately $64 million annually to the county’s economy in direct and indirect spending. Of its total workforce, 934 live and work in Westchester; of that total 205 reside in the Town of Mount Pleasant. Additionally, some 18,384 Pace alumni live in the county with 1,900 residing in Mount Pleasant. 

Beyond its positive impact on the local and regional economy, Pace is also actively involved with the local community. Nearly 600 Pace students at the Pleasantville campus completed 8,745 hours of community service in 2010. Each fall, 250 Pace students participate in Make a Difference Day in Mount Pleasant, a town-wide community service initiative. 

The Pleasantville campus hosts over 100 events annually that are open to the public. The state-of-the-art Goldstein Health & Fitness Center is open to the public with discounted membership fees for local police, fire and ambulance personnel. Unlike many other college and university libraries in the area which are not open to the public, Pace’s Mortola Library invites the local community to use its vast academic resources. The Pace Environmental Center is open to the public and is a favorite destination for local school field trips. 

Friedman said the Master Plan benefitted significantly from input by faculty, students and staff. He also noted that Pace has held numerous informational meetings with residents in the area surrounding the campus. “Overall, the response from our faculty, students, staff and neighbors has been positive. We look forward to working with the Town on this important initiative.”