SU Gets Big Donation for New Library Complex

May 3, 2013

Patricia Guerrieri
Credit Salisbury University

Salisbury University is getting a gift of $8 million for construction of the new Academic Commons that will include a state-of-the-art library.

The donation is being made in memory of Patricia Guerrieri, an SU alumna for whom the building will be named.

Michael Guerrieri told a ceremony announcing the contribution that this was an opportunity to honor the very place where his month met his father.

“Although tiny in stature and unassuming in manner, our mother’s life energy continues within our family and within those whose hearts she touched even though she is physically gone.

She was always doing for others, never making a fuss about herself.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley Eshbach said this would be the largest such project in the history of the campus.

"This will be the largest facility on campus. It will be the largest facility in the state of Maryland on any academic campus." She noted that, "The teacher education building, for example, is 165,000 square feet and this is about 240,000 square feet."

She said that the design process has begun but that it will probably not be open until the summer of 2016.

The total cost of the facility will be $115.8 million.