Marine Corps Veteran Hired as First Employee to Work on Future National Veterans Resource Complex Site

Daniel MacDonald, owner of MacDonald Engineering, is the first veteran to be hired to work on the National Veterans Resource Complex

Daniel (Dan) MacDonald, Marine Corps Veteran and owner of MacDonald Engineering is the first veteran to be hired to work on the National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC). Syracuse University Vice Chancellor Mike Haynie stated that “it’s as it should be, that the first person hired on the NVRC construction was a veteran, because it represents our commitment to support and empower this community, the veteran and military-connected community.”  MacDonald is working as a land surveyor on the future site of the National Veterans Resource Complex. He states that there has never been a project he has been more proud to work on.  On the university’s commitment to veterans, MacDonald believes that “this speaks volumes … you don’t put up a multi-million dollar building if you’re not committed.”

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Syracuse University Selects SHoP Architects to Design National Veterans Resource Complex

Culminating a six-month design competition, Syracuse University today announced SHoP Architects, a world-renowned architect firm headquartered in New York City, has been selected to conceptualize and design the new National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC). The NVRC, a first-of-its-kind multi-use facility, is among the most transformative initiatives contained within the University’s Campus Framework, a draft of which was shared with the University community yesterday.

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The NVRC will serve as a class-leading exemplar of academic, government and community collaboration and will build upon and advance the University’s already strong national leadership in the veterans’ community.

“Today represents another significant step in our efforts to be the best place in America for veterans,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud. “The NVRC is a physical testament to Syracuse University’s commitment to supporting veterans and their families throughout our history, and into our future. It will serve as a lasting reminder of the important role our service men and women play in our society. I am grateful to the members of the Selection Committee for their tireless efforts on behalf of the University and want to thank them for their commitment to identifying the right design partner for this critically important project.”

The NVRC is a key pillar of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council’s winning proposal titled “Central New York: Rising from the Ground Up.” The CNY proposal was one of three selected to receive $500 million as part of Gov. Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI). The NVRC will serve as the enduring home of the University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), which has served more than 48,000 veterans and military families. The NVRC will offer state-of-the-art vocational and educational programs designed to advance the economic success of the region’s and the nation’s veterans and military families.

“The design and construction of the NVRC is perhaps the most symbolic example of Syracuse University’s commitment to serving, supporting and empowering those men and women who have served the nation in uniform,” says J. Michael Haynie, vice chancellor of veteran and military affairs. “The NVRC will build upon and solidify the University’s ongoing leadership in research and programming connected to the veteran and military sectors. As a member of the Selection Committee, I am confident we have identified the ideal design partner for this initiative, and I look forward to seeing SHoP bring this innovative and bold concept to life.”

Steven L. Einhorn ’64, ’67, Syracuse University Trustee, Chair of the Campus Framework Advisory Group and School of Architecture Advisory Board Member, says the NVRC will play a transformative role in providing educational access to veterans and their families. He says the NVRC is one of the boldest and most innovative initiatives contained within the Campus Framework. “The NVRC is an incredibly exciting and cutting-edge project. As an alumnus, it makes me proud that the University and the Campus Framework Advisory Group have identified the NVRC as a near-term project. Its geographic position on campus combined with the significant role veterans’ issues play in the Academic Strategic Plan makes this an exceptional out-of-the-gate project,” Einhorn says.

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SHoP Architects, founded by Kimberly Holden, Gregg Pasquarelli, Christopher Sharples, Coren Sharples and William Sharples, has a wealth of experience designing buildings in a variety of settings. SHoP spearheaded the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, designed the miles-long East River Waterfront Esplanade in Lower Manhattan and is responsible for the design of the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gaborone. SHoP is also a finalist among an elite group of architect firms vying for the opportunity to design the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago.

“Everyone at SHoP is enormously proud to be given this opportunity to create a true home for veterans at Syracuse University, a building that will work hand in hand to support the important work of the IVMF and the other groups that will reside there,” Christopher Sharples says.

“The programmatic demands on this building, its historic symbolism for the University, and the gateway role it will play on the campus,” adds William Sharples, “dictate a very high level of performance in its design—a building that is at once inviting to all and a specialized tool perfectly suited for the specific work that will take place there.”

Representatives from SHoP will now collaborate with University leaders to refine the design plans to further align them with the Campus Framework’s architectural vision. Tentatively planned for the western portion of the Waverly block on the Syracuse University campus, the NVRC will house the Syracuse University and Regional Student Veteran Resource Center; the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps; the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs “Vet-Success on Campus”; the National Center of Excellence for Veteran Business Ownership; Veteran Business Outreach Center and Accelerator; and Syracuse University’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs. The NVRC is tentatively scheduled for completion in the spring of 2019.

The NVRC will include classroom spaces to accommodate local and national veteran-focused programming. It will also house a conference center and a roughly 1,000-seat auditorium, which will be available for use by the whole campus and fills a critical space void. The conference center and auditorium will host community activities, lectures and national convening events and conferences. The facility is also expected to include gallery space exhibiting the University’s storied legacy of serving America’s veterans. Designed as a LEED-certified facility and constructed in accordance with universal design practices, the NVRC will be an inclusive facility that welcomes and accommodates veterans and visitors with disabilities.

The design competition, which began in December 2015, was facilitated by Martha Thorne, dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid. In consultation with Thorne, the NVRC Selection Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, students and design professionals, selected SHoP following a diligent and meticulous design competition that included the world’s foremost architecture firms.

Along with Vice Chancellor Haynie and Trustee Einhorn, the following campus community members participated in the selection process: Andria Costello Staniec, associate provost for academic programs; Julia E. Czerniak, associate dean of the School of Architecture; Jared Grace, graduate student in the School of Architecture and Army ROTC cadet battalion commander; Breagin K. Riley, assistant professor of marketing in the Whitman School of Management; Peter Sala, vice president and chief campus facilities officer; and Michael A. Speaks, dean of the School of Architecture.

To learn more about the NVRC and to stay up-to-date on project progress and milestones, please visit http://NVRC.syr.edu. View all of the NVRC Conceptual Renderings by clicking here.

About SHoP
SHoP is an award-winning architecture firm with a staff of over 180 talented architects, designers and engineers. Since 1996, SHoP has harnessed the power of diverse expertise in the design of buildings and environments that improve the quality of public life. An inclusive, open-minded process allows SHoP to effectively address a broad range of issues in their work: from novel programmatic concepts, to next-generation fabrication and delivery techniques, to beautifully crafted spaces that precisely suit their functions. Twenty years ago, the principals set out to prove that intelligent, evocative architecture can be made with real-world constraints. Today the firm is realizing that promise in innovative buildings around the world.

 

Syracuse Architecture Hosts Lectures by NVRC Design Finalists – Videos Now Available

As part of its spring 2016 lecture lineup, the School of Architecture hosted a series of lectures by principals and founders of the three firms recently chosen as finalists to design the future National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC) at the University.  The Craig Dykers (Snøhetta), William Sharples (SHoP)  and David Adjaye (Adjaye Associates) lectures, held in March and April, focused on architectural viewpoints and a range of work from each firm; NVRC design proposals were not presented or discussed at the lectures.

Videos of each lecture are now available for public viewing.

Later this month (April), each firm will return to Syracuse University to make its presentation to the competition selection committee. The winner will be announced to the public in May.

Architecture to Host Lectures by NVRC Design Finalists Dykers, Sharples, Adjaye

As part of its spring 2016 lecture lineup, the School of Architecture will host a series of lectures by principals and founders of the three firms recently chosen as finalists to design the future National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC) at the University. A competition was launched in December to identify a world-class partner to conceptualize, design and construct the new NVRC. Each of these internationally renowned firms is also on the shortlist of finalists vying to design the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago.

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Syracuse University Announces Finalists in Competition to Design the National Veterans Resource Complex

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Syracuse University is one step closer to selecting a world-class partner to conceptualize, design, and construct the new National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC). The NVRC Selection Committee, made up of faculty, staff, students, and design professionals, recently reviewed the qualifications of 28 of the world’s foremost architecture firms. After careful consideration, the Selection Committee has selected three finalists to advance to the final round of the competition. The finalists are: Adjaye Associates; SHoP; and Snohetta. Notably, each of these firms is among the seven finalists currently vying for the opportunity to design the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago.

“I want to thank the members of the Selection Committee for their hard work and dedication to identifying the right design partner for this critically-important project,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud. “The NVRC is a physical testament to Syracuse University’s commitment to supporting veterans and their families. I am confident the Selection Committee will find the right partner to bring this unique vision to life.”

Representatives from the selected firms will travel to Syracuse University in the coming weeks to view the site and to speak with members of the campus community about the history, goals, vision, and timeline for the new facility. The firms will return to campus in April to present their final proposals to the Selection Committee. The winning firm will be announced in May.

Directing the design competition on behalf of Syracuse University is Martha Thorne, dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid. Thorne also serves as the executive director of the Pritzker Prize—the architecture award equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

“The three finalist firms and their teams are outstanding,” says Thorne. “I have no doubt they will propose ideas that go beyond traditional academic buildings and make the NVRC a pioneering facility that will contribute to the University, as well as the broader community.”

The NVRC is one of the signature initiatives of the Central New York (CNY) Regional Economic Development Council’s winning proposal titled “Central New York: Rising from the Ground Up.” In December, the CNY region was one of three selected to receive $500 million as part of Governor Cuomo’s $1.5 billion Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

A first-of-its-kind, multi-use facility, the NVRC will serve as the enduring home of the University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), which has served more than 48,000 veterans and military families. The NVRC will offer state-of-the-art vocational and educational programs designed to advance the economic success of the region’s and the nation’s veterans and military families.

“Syracuse University’s past and present connection to the veteran- and military connected community is not only central to our identity, but it is also one of the institution’s most valuable and differentiating resources,” says J. Michael Haynie, vice chancellor and executive director of the IVMF. “In this regard, the NVRC will come to define another chapter in Syracuse University’s long-running story of commitment and service to those men and women who have shouldered the burden of the nation’s defense.”

Tentatively planned for the western portion of the Waverly block on the Syracuse University campus, the NVRC will house the Syracuse University and Regional Student Veteran Resource Center; the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps; the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ‘Vet-Success on Campus’; the National Center of Excellence for Veteran Business Ownership; Veteran Business Outreach Center and Accelerator; and Syracuse University’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs.

The NVRC will include classroom spaces to accommodate local and national veteran-focused programming, along with a conference center and roughly 1,000-seat auditorium suitable to host community activities, lectures, and national convening events and conferences. The facility is also expected to include gallery space exhibiting the University’s storied legacy of serving America’s veterans. Designed as a LEED-certified facility and constructed in accordance with Universal Design practices, the NVRC will be an inclusive facility that welcomes and accommodates veterans and visitors with disabilities.

Representatives from all three firms vying for the opportunity to design the NVRC say they are thrilled to be in the consideration set.

“Syracuse University’s ambition to make the NVRC a combined educational and community centre as well as a national hub for America’s 22.8 million veterans and their families resonates deeply with my own commitment to architecture that empowers communities and has global resonance,” says David Adjaye, principal at Adjaye Associates. “This is also an opportunity to enhance the context and future vision for the surrounding area – setting the highest precedent for subsequent development.”

“The NVRC at Syracuse University will occupy a special place in the life of the city, the campus, and the community of veterans nationwide it is intended to serve,” says SHoP principal William Sharples. “Everyone at SHoP is honored to be a part of this process.”

Craig Dykers, founding partner of Snøhetta says: “The poet RJ Heller once wrote, ‘In the aftermath we are because they were.’ Courage is contagious and being a part of this process at Syracuse to benefit our veterans in a groundbreaking new facility is exciting and humbling for all of us at Snøhetta. This is more than a handshake: we are doing something revolutionary for those whose origins are from the same stuff.”

As part of the design competition process, the selected firms will collaborate with the School of Architecture to present lectures – about their firms and their past work – to the campus community. These lectures are tentatively scheduled to take place in March, and will be open to the general public.

For more information on the project, to submit ideas, and to ask questions, visit NVRC.syr.edu. Ongoing updates regarding the project’s progress will be posted there regularly throughout the design competition process.

Syracuse University Launches Design Competition for National Veterans Resource Complex, Announces Members of Selection Committee

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Today, Syracuse University announced the launch of an international design competition aimed at identifying a world-class partner to conceptualize, design, and construct the new National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC). The NVRC is a first-of-its kind facility in the United States and will leverage a public-private sector partnership model to advance academic research, programming, and community-connected innovation serving the social, economic, and wellness concerns of the nation’s veterans and families. The NVRC will build upon and advance Syracuse University’s already strong national leadership in the veterans’ community, and serve as a class-leading exemplar of academic, government, and community collaboration.

The NVRC is a key pillar of the Central New York (CNY) Regional Economic Development Council’s winning proposal titled “Central New York: Rising from the Ground Up.” The CNY proposal was one of three selected to receive $500 million as part of Governor Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI). Under the Governor’s leadership, this initiative has made an unprecedented level of funding available to Central New York and regions across upstate to create new jobs and new opportunity.

Chancellor Kent Syverud, who serves as co-chair of the CNY Regional Economic Development Council, says the URI award will revolutionize the region’s economic trajectory. Continue Reading

Central New York a winner in Cuomo’s $1.5 billion Upstate revival initiative

 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo presents the Upstate Revitalization Initiative Award for “Best Plan” to Central New York Sunday during an event at the Oncenter in Syracuse. Central New York was one of three Upstate regions awarded $500 million to revitalize the economy as part of the Governor’s initiative. Part of the plan includes a new National Veterans Resource Complex, building on the work of Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. From left are the following: Senator John A. DeFrancisco; Robert M. Simpson, president of CenterState CEO and CNY Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) co-chair; Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney; Cuomo; Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli; and Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud, co-chair of the CNY REDC.

The Cuomo administration selected Central New York as one of three winners in theUpstate Revitalization Initiative, a competition that pitted seven Upstate New York regions against each other for $1.5 billion in aid. The Finger Lakes region and the Southern Tier were the other winners.

The Central New York region will receive $500 million over five years — doled out in roughly equal installments of $100 million a year — to help fund development projects and programs designed to generate long-term job growth.

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