Adelphi University’s newly renovated and expanded Ruth S. Harley University Center is now a beautiful, environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art locus of student life.

Adelphi University sought to reimagine the Ruth S. Harley University Center (the UC), a vibrant student hub located on its main campus in historic Garden City, New York.

SBI Consultants, Inc. was retained as Owner’s Representative to oversee the renovation of the UC, which involved expanding the existing three-story, 78,500 GSF building with a 21,000 GSF two-story structure on the west and east wings. The new, light-filled UC has a larger dining hall, new student lounge, more study areas, high-tech meeting and event rooms, remodeled 2-story Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom, Starbucks, art gallery and a new outdoor amphitheater.

From the pre-construction phase through project completion, SBI provided essential management services while navigating the formidable challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Throughout the arc of the project, SBI represented the interests of Adelphi while facilitating clear and effective collaboration among the project team members. SBI’s experienced engineers provided consistent and reliable technical and management expertise, anticipated problems and engaged the team to develop effective solutions.

As a result of SBI’s expert management and oversight, the beautifully transformed Ruth S. Harley University Center was completed within budget and on schedule. The beautiful new campus centerpiece enables Adelphi University to fulfill its mission of transforming students’ lives through world-class academics in a warm and inclusive community setting.

  • location Garden City, NY
  • solutions Owner representative
  • completion date 2021
  • client Adelphi University
  • size 99,500 GSF