Elected officials from across New York City and State gathered on the campus of Bronx Community College for the ribbon-cutting ceremony that formally opened BCC’s newly renovated Quadrangle.
“New York State’s $50 million investment in this re-imagined Quad is another sign of continued belief in the work of our community colleges, like Bronx Community College,” said Lieutenant Governor Hochul.
“We are proud of these improvements because they telegraph to students, faculty and visitors alike that we prioritize our campuses and educate some of the brightest minds in America.”
The Lieutenant Governor also presented a proclamation recognizing November as CUNY Month to The City University of New York Chancellor James B. Milliken.
Chancellor Milliken said, “The dramatic physical changes at Bronx Community College in recent years, including the extraordinary new library and an enormous infrastructure project, culminating in the reopening of the beautiful quad, represent substantial new investment by the state and the city in this historic and vital campus.”
The Quadrangle completes the vision of the campus begun by architect Stanford White at the turn of the last century.
Designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects, it provides an important outdoor space that can be enjoyed by members of the BCC community, as well as visitors to the only community college in America with architecture that has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
Ringed by the work of three generations of master builders, the Quadrangle boasts pedestrian pathways, ornamental trees and other plantings, benches and tables, bicycle racks, lamps and a broad lawn for future Commencements. It is also has Wi-Fi.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said, “Upgrading our school facilities is one more step forward toward providing better education in the Bronx and is an important component as we continue to push to improve the lives of residents.”