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College Completes $3.8-Million in Renovations to Classroom Building, Auditorium

Feb. 4, 2008 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) announces $3.8 million in facility renovations on its Doheny Campus, located south of downtown. The renovations include new classrooms, upgraded science labs, and the addition of state-of-the art audio and visual systems throughout the campus's main classroom building and auditorium.

The College dedicated the newly-named Ahmanson Weingart Hall and The Rose Hills Auditorium on Jan. 29. "Through the support of the Weingart and Ahmanson foundations, we have been able to renovate 15 existing classrooms, create five new classrooms—and improve the way our students learn," said Mount St. Mary's President Jacqueline Powers Doud. "With assistance from The Rose Hills Foundation, we have renovated our lecture hall from top to bottom, making it a true community centerpiece. A generous gift from the Frank R. Seaver Trust also allowed us to renovate our science labs and meet ADA requirements."

Classrooms in Ahmanson Weingart Hall now feature new audio-visual systems, wireless access, remote control lecterns, and sliding whiteboards. The College also installed new lighting systems and flooring and has completed ADA compliance upgrades and hazardous material abatement. The Ahmanson and Weingart foundations each gave $1 million toward the project. The Frank R. Seaver Trust gave $1.3 million for the renovations.

In The Rose Hills Auditorium, the College transformed the hall into a multi-purpose instructional conference center and lecture hall for the Mount community. The auditorium now features state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, adjustable lighting, and an improved sound system. Upgrades also include new architectural detailing, flooring, carpeting, stage curtains, and handicap wheelchair lifts. The Rose Hills Foundation gave $500,000 toward the project.

The dedication ceremony is one of several planned during the 2007-08 academic year to celebrate the completion of capital projects funded through the College's Invest in the Mount campaign. The College kicked off its $45 million comprehensive campaign in January 2005—and as of December 2007, had already raised more than $50 million.




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