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Viking Child Care Center Honored For Design Excellence

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, January 15, 2003

The Viking Child Care Center at Hudson Valley Community College recently graced the pages of the 2002 American School & University Architectural Portfolio, an annual publication that honors educational design excellence. The Viking Child Care Center was one 234 projects selected for inclusion, and the 2002 American School & University Architectural Portfolio will reach more than 62,500 facility planners, school and university administrators, and architects.

The $3-million, 16,000-square-foot Viking Child Care Center, which was built by the Faculty Student Association (FSA) of Hudson Valley Community College, opened in August 2001. Located on Williams Road at the southeastern end of Hudson Valley's campus, it provides affordable care on a sliding-fee scale for 128 children ages six weeks to 5 years. It affords easy accessibility for parents attending the college, as well as community parents.

Architecture + of Troy served as the architectural firm for the building. The Viking Child Care Center consists of 10 classrooms, each designated for a specific age, and a generous playground is located behind the building. There also is a "parent room" that provides space for parents to study and eat while on break between classes.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.