October 25, 2013
More dining options, new laboratory space, upgraded athletic
facilities, better walkways—these are among the wide-ranging
improvements that greeted students and faculty when they returned
to campus this fall. The work reflects an active summer on the part
of St. John’s Department of Campus Facilities.
“It’s all part of our continuing efforts to ensure an outstanding
learning experience for students—and complete support for the
entire St. John’s community,” said Brij Anand, vice president of
campus facilities and services. “Work is ongoing throughout the
year, but summer offered a special opportunity to implement further
improvements to our physical plant.”
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Gallery of recent campus enhancements.
A More Varied Dining Experience
A variety of new dining options are now available across
campus. “New and renovated dining facilities are providing the
campus community with more attractive places to eat, a wider
variety of meal options, and faster service, demonstrating our
continued commitment to the SJU community,” said Bernadette Lavin,
assistant vice president of campus services and business
The popular Law School
cafeteria has been completely renovated, with a menu boasting
brick-oven pizza, New York style deli sandwiches, bread made on the
premises, a Starbucks brewed coffee bar, and cooked-to-order meals
from an exhibition grill. Along with better lighting in the seating
area, the upgraded facility features a reorganized floor design
providing far more efficient traffic flow between tables and at
exits and entrances.
At the St. Augustine Café, students on their way to the
library now can order Red Mango frozen yogurts and smoothies. The
Red Storm Diner in St. Vincent Hall was remodeled into a
“retro-style” 50’s diner, featuring booth seating and offerings
such as shakes, burgers and breakfast at night. The renovated
Marketplace in Montgoris
Hall has a fresh look and hot-food options. Other updated
concepts are evident in both the D’Angelo
Center and Marillac Hall Food Courts, including Chef Jet,
Innovative Kitchen and Sono.
A mobile food-ordering system also is available. Students and
staff can place their food order for the Marillac Subway, D’Angelo
Center Deli, Red Storm Diner and Law School Deli and grill stations
from any Web-enabled device. Each of these venues has an “Express”
pick-up area for items ordered online. Additionally, both Marillac
and the Law School are equipped with kiosks for on-line
Beauty, Efficiency, and Fitness
In August, the Department of Campus Facilities continued its
efforts to prevent weather-related power outages by connecting
additional campus buildings to newly installed underground
electrical lines. St. Albert Hall is now linked to the School of
Law. The effort cuts dependency on Con Edison’s above-ground lines,
which proved vulnerable to storms like Hurricanes Sandy and Irene.
“Improving campus infrastructure and its reliability is at the core
of our facilities operations,” said Brian Baumer, assistant vice
president of facilities.
For student athletes—and all others who enjoy walking or running
their way to fitness—the refurbished outdoor DaSilva Track will be
completed before the end of the fall semester. Renovations include
new areas for the discus and hammer throw; double long and triple
jump; pole vault; shot put; and a steeple water jump. Resurfacing
of the track began in mid-August.
Over the summer, Facilities completed construction on a faculty
research laboratory for the College of Pharmacy and Health
Sciences. To accommodate the new lab, located in St. Albert Hall,
the CVS Lounge and Student Government offices were relocated to a
site in Marillac Hall. A high-tech Employee Training Room was
constructed in the University Center, and in Belson Hall, a portion
of the Rittenberg Law Library was transformed into a new center for
the growing number of students drawn to St. John’s acclaimed LL.M.
(Master of Law) programs.
Other projects enhanced the beauty of the Queens campus. For
example, Facilities created a garden near St.
Thomas More Church—a new place where students can pause to
relax and admire the foliage. The department also installed the
Mary Garden between Donovan Hall (Residence
Village) and the softball field. Reflecting SJU’s commitment to
the environment, Facilities worked with the Arbor Day Foundation to
plant 50 trees throughout the campus.
An Enduring Concern for Sustainability
Many of this summer’s projects addressed St. John’s focus on
sustainability. For example, the University switched to a more
efficient “single-stream” recycling process: Now students, faculty
and staff deposit glass, paper, plastic and cardboard into a single
container. In addition, Facilities is placing new, more
aesthetically appealing trash receptacles around campus.
Other improvements help to combat the enormous amount of waste
generated by discarded beverage containers. The University has
installed water-bottle fill stations in each of the Residence
Village’s six buildings. The stations are situated near the
facilities’ main entrances or next to first-floor elevators. Every
new student received an SJU water bottle to use at the stations,
which are being installed throughout the campus.
The full events schedule and other information are available at the
Services Web pages.
“All improvements to our facilities are made with the University’s
mission in mind,” said Ibi Yolas, assistant vice president of
design and construction. “Academic resources, campus life,
sustainability—our goal is to support every aspect of the St.