Point Park University in Pittsburgh has announced a $4 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation — the largest ever to the university from a foundation or individual — to support construction of a new student and convocation center.
The funding, which PPU will have to match with gifts from alumni and individuals, will help advance the university's Academic Village Initiative, a $244 million campus revitalization effort. To that end, the new center will include a 1,000-seat varsity basketball arena that can be converted to convocation space, as well as locker and training rooms for students and teams, a fitness center and running track, meeting rooms, academic areas, dining services, activity spaces, and a bookstore.
"The Student and Convocation Center will become the hub of our campus and student activities," said PPU president Paul Hennigan. "The support of the Richard King Mellon Foundation is critical to our success in providing academic and recreational spaces for our students and an amenity for the downtown community. We are grateful for the foundation's generosity in helping us to become one of the most dynamic private, urban universities in America."