One iconic symbol came down this week and another will be dismantled next week as construction nears on St. Bonaventure University’s new home to University Ministries — a facility that received a new name on Saturday.
Construction fencing will be set up early next week as crews prepare to build the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry in the heart of campus.
The building took on a new name over the weekend when Trustee Emeritus Jack McGinley, ’65, whose family foundation donated $2.5 million for the project, asked the Board of Trustees to consider a resolution adding President Sr. Margaret Carney’s name to the building. The Board unanimously approved.
“I was deeply moved by Jack’s gesture and I will be as proud as can be to have my name connected with this wonderful Pittsburgh family,” Sr. Margaret said.
The McGinley family legacy at SBU involves generous gifts from Jack, his parents and his Aunt Rita McGinley; Jack’s many years of service as trustee; and the ties to the Pittsburgh Steelers, whose training camp was located at St. Bonaventure from 1952 to 1957. (The McGinleys and Rooneys are cousins.)
Demolition on the current Merton Center will begin next week with the dismantling of the 75-foot chimney that’s been shut down since a new boiler was installed in 2013. The center is expected to be complete in the middle of the spring 2017 semester.
Earlier this week, crews cut down a dying white pine tree in front of the Murphy Building. After several years of study and advice from various arborists, it was determined that the tree couldn’t be saved. To eliminate the hazard of falling limbs, the tree — believed to be one of the oldest on campus — was removed.
But in cooperation with Fries Tree Service and Potter Lumber Company, the trunk will be sawn for lumber, kiln-dried and returned to SBU for reuse, said Phil Winger, associate vice president for facilities. The first planned use of the wood will be to build the doors to the Great Room in the McGinley-Carney Center.
Some slices of the bottom of the trunk will also be preserved for their historic value and used as timelines, with the rings counted and marked with important dates in university history.
Spillman-Farmer of Bethlehem, Pa., is the architectural firm for the center, assisted by Fr. Richard S. Vosko, Ph.D., of the Albany Diocese. Duggan and Duggan of Allegany is the general contractor on the project.