Petrocelli Hall on schedule to open for Fall 2008

Image of Petrocelli HallApril 4, 2008

RINDGE, NH - Franklin Pierce University Vice President Bruce Kirsh announced today that the construction of Petrocelli Hall is ahead of schedule and interior finish-work is being completed for a scheduled opening on August 15.

Furniture has been ordered for delivery in July and details are in place to meet the University's commitment to begin utilizing this new teaching and learning space for the fall semester, Kirsh said.

"I know that many are eager to see the inside of the building and we look forward to offering scheduled tours later this spring," Kirsh told the campus community. "I want to thank all who helped us maintain an ambitious completion schedule. The result will be something we can all take pride in as a university community. Shortly after Petrocelli Hall opens its doors to students and faculty for the fall semester, we will host a formal building dedication."

The three-story, $4.5 million academic building will be named Attilio and Beverly Petrocelli Hall, to honor the major donors to the project. It will occupy a footprint of 8,000-square-feet and contain functional space of 23,000 square-feet at the Four Corners entrance to campus.

Specifically, the brick building will contain classrooms, a computer lab, a digital photo lab and darkroom, print labs, and faculty and administrative offices. New classrooms will be wired for technology and arranged to foster collaborative learning and close engagement between students and faculty.

Construction of this new first-class learning space was made possible by a $1 million gift from Attilio F. and Beverly L. Petrocelli of Great Neck, NY. Both of the Petrocelli’s daughters (Jill ’91 and Melissa ’89) attended Franklin Pierce and met their spouses there (Michael Lamoretti ’90 and Michael Weinbaum ’89).

“This is a family that is thoroughly acquainted with the special quality of a Franklin Pierce education,” Dr. George J. Hagerty, president of Franklin Pierce University, said at a formal groundbreaking in June 2007. The event was attended by three generations of the Petrocelli family who put on hardhats and turned a ceremonial spadeful of dirt.

The Petrocelli gift marks the single largest donation to Franklin Pierce by an alumni family. The Petrocellis stated their wish to make a significant investment in the institution that had such a positive impact on their children and sons-in-law. They explained that they wanted to make sure their grandchildren and others would continue to receive a superior education at Franklin Pierce.