Rochester Review January/February 2013
Nearly 50 years after its founding, the Warner School of Education has a home to call its own. With the start of classes today for the spring 2013 semester, the new Raymond F. LeChase Hall is officially open for business for the school's more than 600 full- and part-time graduate students.
"We were bursting at the seams," says Raffaella Borasi, dean of the Warner School of Education. "Every single closet was used as an office, we had no storage space; people were sharing offices. At the same time, we were borrowing classrooms from everywhere else in the University. And as we looked at our strategic plan, we realized that we still had significant capacity for growth."
Named in memory of the late Raymond F. LeChase—the founder of the Rochester firm LeChase Construction Services, a noted philanthropist, and dedicated supporter of education—the building provides space for all of Warner's faculty and students.
A dramatic atrium named for key supporters and Rochester parents Robin and Timothy Wentworth connects the second, third, and fourth floors of LeChase Hall, offering a three-story view of the Wilson Quadrangle.
The Palladoro Methods Classroom, named for Vivian Palladoro ’76W (MS), ’97W (EdD), is a specialized classroom designed to demonstrate the use of innovative instructional approaches, technology, and materials that can be used to enhance student learning of specific subject matter.
LeChase Hall is designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver standards for environmental sustainability.
The Scandling Center for Student Support brings together a suite of student-related services—admissions, career services, finances, and others.