PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Pace University marked another milestone as it held a ribbon cutting for its Elm Hall residence Thursday to complete Phase 1 of its $100 million transformation.
The 96,000 square-foot residence for upperclass students is the final piece of a $100 million initiative, combining the Briarcliff and Pleasantville campuses.
The $23 million, 272-bed residence hall features a combination of semi-suites and full suites, 24-hour security, multiple study lounges, classroom space and the University’s IT Data Center.
“This is much more than the opening of a new residence hall," said President Stephen Friedman during the ceremony. “This is the realization of many years of hard work and planning to ensure that our students have facilities that are as outstanding as the quality of the education they receive here at Pace. We could not be more pleased with the final results and the transformation of this beautiful suburban campus.’’
Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett had high praise for Pace, which he said was becoming "The Harvard of Westchester." The county assisted Pace by providing the university with tax free bonds. Plunkett said Pace has laid the foundation for the future student leaders
"What a great day this is for Westchester County," Plunkett said.
With the closing of the Briarcliff campus, all residential Pace students now attend classes and live on the same campus. Last year, the university opened Alumni Hall, its first new residence hall on campus, and new Environmental Center Complex.
“Living on campus has taken on a whole new meaning for our students,’’ said Dean for Students, Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo. “They are absolutely thrilled to be living on one campus with all these incredible amenities and brand new athletic facilities. We are truly now one big campus community.’’
Kevin Caobianco, president of the Resident Hall Association, said new life has been breathed on campus.
"I am proud to call myself a Pace Pleasantville student," Caobioanco said. "I am proud to call Pace Pleasantville my home away from home.