New Psychology Center Unveiled

Father Salvatore Ragusa blessed the new space at the grand opening reception.   After an extensive renovation project, Saint Mary’s Psychology Department has a handsome new, expanded home with an entrance right off the Chapel courtyard.

The opening of the long-awaited Psychology Center was celebrated at a reception on May 22, 2013, hosted by the School of Science. The center boasts seven new offices and six  completely refurbished offices, expanded classroom and meeting space, and a whiteboard that covers one entire wall.

“It’s fantastic,” said School of Science Dean Roy Wensley, as he chatted with Gary Schilling of BAR Architects, which designed the space.

T Construction supervisor Kevin Shea '79 (left) caught up with his old football coach, Joe Kehoe.he project cost about $3.2 million, according to Vice President for Finance Pete Michell. That figure includes renovation of the 5,000-square-foot Psychology Annex and three adjacent restrooms, along with the cost of design, permits and relocation of the main Museum of Art storage site to a new, environmentally controlled and secure storage area on the Rheem campus. It was funded from operating budget funds designated for the renewal of Saint Mary’s facilities.

One person involved in the new Psychology Center took particular pride in his work–Kevin Shea, of DPR Construction, which oversaw the remodeling. Shea is a 1979 graduate of Saint Mary’s, and he reconnected at the reception with Joe Kehoe, who had been his coach when he played football for the Gaels.

“A lot of love went into this project,” he said.

Teresa Castle
Office of College Communications

View a photo gallery of the opening reception.