The University of Hartford's Hillyer College debuted Thursday the $4 million makeover and expansion of half-century-old former Hillyer Hall.
The rechristened Shaw Center -- in tribute to Hillyer alum John C. "Jay'' Shaw (Class of '74) and wife Debi of Greenwich, who donated $1.5 million to the project – was formally dedicated by school officials, alumni and business and community leaders.
Bank of America also pledged $250,000 to the project that broke ground last year.
The Shaw Center has state-of-the-art classrooms, a conference room, faculty offices, and a large common area to encourage more accessibility and interaction among 600 students and 40 faculty and staff of Hillyer.
Hillyer is the university's two-year associate degree school.
The project is the first major renovation to Hillyer Hall since it was built in 1962.
S/L/A/M is the project designer-contractor.