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Saint Vincent College snares $1 million state grant for library renovation

| Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, 3:09 p.m.

A state grant program has awarded $1 million to Saint Vincent College to help underwrite a $19 million library renovation project on its Unity campus.

Gov.Tom Wolf on Monday announced that the college, located just outside of Latrobe, has been awarded a $1 million Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program, or RCAP grant, for the project that a college spokeswoman called a “substantial, substantial” renovation of the library. The three-year-long project will expand the library to create a 55,595-square-foot facility featuring technology-enhanced classrooms, labs and group study suites, open collaboration areas, art galleries and space for traditional print resources and Saint Vincent’s rare and special book collections.

“This renovation and expansion project will transform the library into a 21st century instructional technology center that will enhance teaching and provide new opportunities for distance learners,” said Governor Wolf. “Projects like this pair nicely with my efforts to drive the commonwealth’s economy forward by increasing educational opportunities that help create Pennsylvania’s well-educated and skilled workforce.

A Wolf spokesman said project construction will generate about 111 direct, 28 indirect and 36 induced jobs and $28 million in economic output. Following completion, the library expansion is projected to contribute nearly $3 million in economic output to the region’s economy.

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