Red Square on the campus of Salisbury University was filled yesterday with faculty, staff, students and guests including Delegate Norm Conway for the ground breaking on the new Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons.
University officials say the four story, 224-thousand square foot building is designed to be the heart of the campus.
University President Janet Dudley Eshbach:
The new academic commons will contain a new library, an internet café, 12 classrooms, a study room that is open 24/7 along with an IT desk and the Nabb Research Center.
It is being built on the site of the old Caruthers Halls which is being torn down and initially served as state school before becoming part of the University.
President Eshbach said "When the new building is completed we're going to talk about Dr. (Thomas Jefferson) Caruthers and what the elementary school was like." She added, "We're going to give a nod to the past as we look forward to this building which is very much going to serve our campus into the future."