Murray Student Center and Fusco Music Center
The Student Center serves as the focal point of the College, bringing together all members of the Marist Community.
The original building, a 66,000 square foot, three story structure, was completed in 1965. Renovations and expansion during the summer of 1994 added an additional 63,000 square feet. The Student Center is connected to the Mid-Rise Residence Hall by a three-story domed and columned rotunda which provides the main entry into both the Student Center and the residence area. There is also a 4 acre campus green adjacent to the Student Center overlooking the Hudson River. A glass-enclosed south entry connects the Student Center with Champagnat Hall. The Champagnat Courtyard, which leads into the entry, was redesigned in 1989 through the generosity of the Reese family.
The Center provides various student services and serves as a comfortable place for students to meet, organize and attend a variety of events. Facilities and services within the Student Center include: classroom and meeting rooms, theatre, performing arts room, music practice rooms, dining services, health services, billiards/video game room, commuter lounge, student government offices, student radio and television studios, campus post office, and video rentals. (Source: Building & Place Names)
In 2013, Marist undertook a hugely complex project, involving the construction of a new academic building to house the College's music programs and a complete renovation of the adjoining Student Center. The result is a Robert A.M. Stern-designed building that includes: a choral rehearsal and recital hall with tiered seating, a band rehearsal and recital hall with seating for over 300 people, three classrooms, a music library and conference room, string ensemble room, piano lab, computer lab, practive rooms, and faculty offices.
The new building connects seamlessly with the renovated Student Center, the centerpiece of which is a grand dining hall built around a former exterior courtyard, which was enclosed with a cathedral ceiling and features three, brass, custom-made chandeliers. The dining hall also includes a quiet dining area that can be used for group meals, and a patio for al fresco dining. Elsewhere in the Student Center, the Nelly Goletti Theatre and student activity spaces were all extensively renovated, and new activity spaces were added. The buildings began opening in phases, starting in August 2013, and were fully operational by November 2013.