St. Joseph’s College today opened its new $17 million student center, the first project to be built on the Patchogue campus in 18 years.
The 32,000-square-foot, two-story facility will be located on the Danzi Athletic Field and will contain indoor and outdoor spaces, including on-campus restaurants, an art gallery, a chapel, a games lounge, meeting rooms for student organizations, etc.
Construction at 155 West Roe Blvd. should be completed in the spring of 2023.
“What we’re really here for is why the sisters were there when they founded this school, and that’s to transform the community,” said SJC President Donald Boomgaarden. “This student center exemplifies the meaning of spirituality, reaching out to community, transforming community for the better, that’s what St. Joseph’s College is all about.”
The overall goal of creating the new building is to best serve the needs of the growing campus community, according to SJC. The facility will include five classrooms with modern smart technology, seven faculty offices and a computer lab.
On the second floor will be 5,500 square feet of workspaces for faculty, students, and the school’s academic programs.
The Town of Brookhaven and the Village of Patchogue are also collaborating on this plan, which includes a major sewer project currently underway.
Several city and county officials attended the groundbreaking ceremony this afternoon, including Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri, who described the center as an “asset” not only for students and teachers, but for the entire Patchogue community.
“Kids need campus,” he said. “This student center will create that energy that kids want to be a part of.”
Watch the video below for a preview of SJC Long Island Student Center, coming Spring 2023.
Top: Students and members of the campus community during the groundbreaking ceremony at St. Joseph’s College.