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State fund provides capital for local college buildings

State fund provides capital for local college buildings

Four local colleges are receiving a total of $6.6 million in grants from the state Higher Education Capital Match Program, known as HECap, which provides matching grants that pay up to one-fourth of the cost of a project.

Leading the pack is $5 million for construction of a building for the planned Global Cybersecurity Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology. The grant will be matched to $8 million from Austin McChord, the RIT grad who recently gave $50 million to the university. RIT is planning to raise the additional $7 million needed for the $20 million project.

University of Rochester will receive $1 million to add one or two floors onto its University Health Service building on the River Campus. The $4.5 million project is slated to begin construction in May 2019.

Nazareth College will receive a grant of $450,487 for a new roof on the Nazareth Arts Center costing $1.8 million in total. The iconic structure’s roof was last replaced in 1988.

As previously reported, St. John Fisher will receive $145,000 to help pay for furnishings for the $17 million Upper Quad dormitory building under construction now.

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