Grant to Help Renovate McVickar Hall

Photograph: Architect's rendering of the McVickar atrium.

The Silverweed Foundation has awarded the Columbia School of Social Work $300,000 to renovate and expand classroom, lecture and meeting space in McVickar Hall.

The grant will be used to create a two-story atrium that will serve as a center for social gatherings, informal dining, meetings, and lectures.

To be called the Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman Social and Learning Center, it will constitute "the single most important physical space in a restructured McVickar Hall," said Social Work School Dean Ronald Feldman.

"More than any other renovation, it will improve the quality of social, physical and intellectual life in McVickar Hall."

The Silverweed Foundation, a private philanthropic organization, is administered by CUSSW alumna Nina P. Freedman, who is its vice president and a longtime benefactor of the School.

A social work practitioner and educator, she served as chair of the school's Advisory Council and honorary chair of its five-year, $7.01 million Endowment Campaign, which surpassed its goal six months ahead of schedule in June 1995.

To be named The Freedman Center in memory of Freedman's parents, it is part of $2.9 million in planned renovations to McVickar Hall, which will expand the eight-story facility to include additional classrooms, laboratories for audio-visual and electronic learning, offices and restrooms.

The school expects to complete the project before the start of the 1996-97 academic year.

Columbia University Record -- March 8, 1996 -- Vol. 21, No. 19