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Addition to Zappala Center Will Include Classrooms, Labs, and Offices

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 23 – La Roche College has undertaken a $5.5 million expansion to the Zappala College Center, to meet the College’s growing need for additional classroom space. Work on the new facility has begun, and the new addition is expected to be ready for occupancy at the start of the academic year in August 2002.

The new wing of the Zappala College Center will contain 13 general-purpose classrooms, two seminar rooms, 13 faculty offices, two computer laboratories, and related ancillary space for clerical support. The facility will also house the career advising center and an enlarged and modernized campus bookstore.

Msgr. William A. Kerr, La Roche College president, noted that the new building fills a pressing need for the College. “The demand for La Roche programs has been strong, and we are currently utilizing every available classroom space on campus to the fullest. In fact, we have reached the point where our growth is being constrained by the lack of space. These additional classrooms and labs will enable us to continue to accommodate the programmatic increases we have experienced over the past four years,” he said.

All of the classrooms and offices in the building will be wired for telecommunications, data transmission, Internet access, and cable TV. Half of the classrooms will have data ports and Internet access at every student seat.

“These classrooms will provide our faculty with access to the latest teaching technology, while at the same time helping to prepare our students to function effectively in this age of information,” Kerr said.

The Zappala Center expansion is expected to house the divisions of nursing and education. Space vacated by those units in the Palumbo Science Center will be used for an expansion of the science division. The College also plans to move the registrar’s office into the space in the Zappala Center that serves as the current bookstore location.

The $5.5 million cost of the new facility is being raised through private donations.

For further information, contact Kenneth P. Service, vice president for institutional relations, at <

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