Marist Building ‘Dynamic’ $60 Million Learning Center on Route 9

A massive four-story learning center with a mock courtroom, stock trading room and other state-of-the-art features will replace an iconic Marist building.

When I first attended Marist College in freshman year, the Dyson Center had just opened. In 1990, this three-story building stuck out like a sore thumb from a campus that was a hodgepodge of crumbling or woefully outdated old buildings. At that time, the library was a sad little building with a few microfiche and books from the 1970s.

The only thing I really knew about the Dyson Center was that the top floor was hardly ever used and had the cleanest public restrooms on campus, which was handy for someone who shared a townhouse with seven other people who didn’t know what Clorox was. .

Flash forward 32 years and Marist College has completely transformed. Today, the Dyson Center is one of the oldest buildings on campus, in desperate need of a facelift. In June, the building will undergo a massive expansion, doubling the center’s current size of 54,000 square feet to 110,000 square feet.

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YouTube/marist

According to the college, the new center will consist of new construction on its south side and an additional 4th floor. The new open concept design will feature a huge atrium welcoming students to the learning center.

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YouTube/marist

The building will house the school’s student investment center, which includes a fully functional state-of-the-art trading room.

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YouTube/marist

The new Dyson Center will also include a cafe and lounge as well as a 155-seat presentation center featuring the latest state-of-the-art acoustic technology.

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YouTube/Marist

Plans have been submitted to the Town of Poughkeepsie in anticipation of ground breaking in June. The $60 million project is also expected to incorporate many environmentally sustainable elements that coincide with Marist’s commitment to protecting the environment.

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YouTube/Marist

You can find more details about this ambitious project on the Marist website. The video below shows a 3D rendering of the project which will be visible from Route 9 next to the main gate on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie.

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