Capital Projects

Frederick Douglass Building Renovation

Creating a New Student Center

The Frederick Douglass Building is being renovated and transformed into a vibrant new student center. All four floors will be completely redone, resulting in a state-of-the-art dining facility and redesigned student gathering spaces, as well as a home for the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center and a new Language Center. Construction will begin in spring 2016, with the full renovation expected to be completed in time for fall classes.

Philanthropy is essential to the success of this project and will help enrich the student experience at the University. Learn more about this extensive renovation and how you can support it through a named gift.

Goergen Institute for Data Science and Wegmans Hall

Establishing Our Place in a Burgeoning Field

The rapidly emerging field of data science focuses on how the world understands, consumes, and applies vast quantities of information and data. As the centerpiece of the University’s current five-year strategic plan, the Data Science Initiative features the creation of the new Goergen Institute for Data Science and includes the construction of a state-of-the-art building to house it, as well as support for as many as 20 new faculty members with expertise in the field.

The proposed $25 million, 58,000-square-foot facility will complete the Science & Engineering Quadrangle on the River Campus, and will bring together—under one roof—faculty in medicine, science and engineering, the humanities, education, business and other disciplines for the purpose of data science research and studies.

Learn more about this capstone project for The Meliora Challenge.

Golisano Children's Hospital

Putting Children and Families First

The need to match our high-caliber programs, services, and staff with facilities of the same quality was significant. By having our own building, a hospital dedicated to children, we can reach new levels of excellence for the 21st century, transform how our teams treat infants, children, and adolescents, and provide patient- and family-centered care for our children.

The new $145 million, 8-story, 245,000 square-foot children's hospital is the largest capital project in the history of the Medical Center and the University of Rochester. A dedication ceremony was held on May 27, 2015 with move-ins for patients and staff taking place almost two months later.

Even though Phase I of the building project is complete, Phase II (build-out of Surgical Center and PICU/PCICU) starts this fall, so there is still a need for funds to support the project. For more information and to explore the new building and the many naming opportunities available, click here.

Raymond F. LeChase Hall

Home of the Warner School

Raymond F. LeChase Hall is the first major building to be constructed in the historic Wilson Quadrangle on the River Campus in 30 years. A four-story, 65,000 square-foot facility, it provides a unified home for the Warner School of Education and features an expansive suite of 14 classrooms on the first floor that serves the College during the day and the Warner School in the evening, providing an efficient solution to the critical need for classroom space on the River Campus. The Warner School is housed on the upper three floors with additional classrooms, offices, and spaces specifically designed to support the preparation and professional development of educators and the conduct of educational research and reform work.

The Warner School moved into the building in January 2013 and a formal dedication ceremony was held on May 16, 2013. Click here to read more about the new building in Rochester Review.

Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation

Blurring the Boundaries Between the Arts and Engineering

Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation, a three-story, 18,900 square-foot addition to Wilson Quadrangle, will provide a vibrant hub for media analysis and production. It intentionally blurs the boundaries between the arts and engineering by providing the environment and the tools to fabricate and demonstrate what is imagined, engaging individuals, and fostering a culture of collaboration. Rettner Hall's features include a fabrication center, studio and production spaces, and small-group meeting areas.

The new building was dedicated during Meliora Weekend 2013.

Click here to learn more about this exciting new addition to campus and the unique learning opportunities it provides students.

Memorial Art Gallery's Centennial Sculpture Park

Connecting People with Art

In 2008, mindful of its 2013 Centennial, the Gallery initiated a master planning process for its grounds that would extend its mission, “Connecting People with Art." The result of that planning is an urban sculpture park on the Gallery's grounds that features major works by four internationally renowned artists. The new Centennial Sculpture Park is also one of the anchors of the City's ARTWalk Extension Project, an innovative urban art trail in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts. Critical to the new plan was the removal of sections of the University and Goodman street fence line, opening up the grounds and extending a clear message of welcome to the community.

A formal dedication of the new Sculpture Park took place in May 2013. Click here to watch a video documenting the project.