Governor Wolf Announces Funding for Saint Vincent College Library Upgrades in Westmoreland County

August 06, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new state funding to support a major addition to the library at Saint Vincent College, as well as extensive renovations and technology upgrades.

“This renovation and expansion project will transform the library into a 21st century instructional technology center that will enhance teaching and provide new opportunities for distance learners,” said Governor Wolf. “Projects like this pair nicely with my efforts to drive the commonwealth’s economy forward by increasing educational opportunities that help create Pennsylvania’s well-educated and skilled workforce.”

The Saint Vincent College Corporation was awarded a $1 million grant to renovate and expand the library to create a 55,595-square-foot facility featuring technology-enhanced classrooms, labs and group study suites, open collaboration areas, art galleries and space for traditional print resources and Saint Vincent’s rare and special book collections. The total project cost is estimated at $19 million.

The construction phase will generate an estimated 111 direct, 28 indirect and 36 induced jobs and $28 million in economic output. Following completion, the library expansion is projected to contribute nearly $3 million in economic output to the region’s economy. The project aligns with the Wolf Administration’s workforce development goals, as 80 percent of the college’s undergraduates are Pennsylvania residents and approximately 60 percent of alumni remain in Pennsylvania after graduation.

Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.

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