(Long Island, NY) Suffolk County Community College welcomed more than 200 guests on Tuesday October 21 to dedicate the newest building on the College’s Ammerman Campus in Selden in nearly 50 years, the William J. Lindsay Life Sciences Building.
The $29.8 million, soon-to- be Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified, William J. Lindsay Life Sciences Building occupies nearly 63,000 square feet and is the Ammerman campus’ first newly constructed academic building in nearly 50 years. Officials said approximately 5,000 students will attend classes in the building throughout the spring semester beginning in January 2015. The building will also allow for the expansion of science classes to include an additional 100 students in the spring and 300 students next fall.
The building is named for and dedicated to the memory of former Suffolk County Legislator and presiding Officer William J. Lindsay who served for 12 years in the legislature — eight as presiding officer — where his colleagues referred to him as the “Lion of the Legislature.” Lindsay, 67, passed away in September, 2013 after a valiant battle with lung cancer.
“The William J. Lindsay Life Sciences Building demonstrates our institutional commitment to invest in students and provide what is needed for a state-of-the-art education,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. “I thank our local and state representatives who supported this project and have provided our students with new tools and new opportunity,” McKay said. “And I thank our former Presiding Officer and Legislator William Lindsay, with us in spirit today, for his unwavering support of higher education and our college.”