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Entrance to SUNY Niagara Learning Commons
Interior of the Learning Commons atrium.

Interior of the Learning Commons atrium. (Photo by Gene Avallone)

July 26, 2019

With the completion of the Learning Commons at SUNY Niagara in the fall of 2018, students gained a bright, open space to congregate and learn, while the 287-acre campus gained an eye-catching signature entrance.  The building project was designed by Foit-Albert Associates, Architecture, Engineering & Surveying, PC, and was recently chosen as a finalist for the Buffalo Business First Brick by Brick Awards.  The exclusive awards honor the best of the best in real estate, construction, and development, and SUNY Niagara’s Learning Commons was recognized in the collegiate category.

The 97,000 square foot project included renovations to the existing Henrietta G. Lewis Library, as well as a new building housing an open computer lab, IT services, classrooms, an art gallery, meeting spaces, a childcare center and a Tim Horton’s.  The spacious atrium area is full of natural light and is equipped with functional, yet attractive ceiling panels to address acoustic concerns.  The $20 million project was officially unveiled in September of 2018; made possible by the support of Niagara County and the generous contributions of numerous donors.