In 2006, Marist College developed a master plan for campus development. Improvement projects stemming from this plan were the construction of new student housing and the subsequent demolition of the antiquated Benoit and Gregory residence halls. In the place of the residences, a 57,664 square-foot technologies center was built just north of the James A. Cannavino Library.
Named after Marist Trustee Ellen Hancock, who provided the lead gift for the facility, the Hancock Center houses the School of Computer Science & Mathematics, the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, and the International Education and Marist Abroad programs. The facility consists of classrooms, three computer laboratories, faculty offices, meeting rooms, an economic development center, and a backup disaster recovery center for IBM.
Kohler Ronan’s team of engineers and technical staff worked to provide optimal MEP/FP systems for this project. Sustainable elements including demand controlled ventilation, energy-efficient lighting, and daylight harvesting were incorporated. These efficiency measures result in substantial, on-going energy savings for the college.