Manhattan College Receives $5 Million Grant from New York State for Leo Hall Renovations

These upgrades are part of a continuing effort to upgrade South Campus facilities.

Manhattan College logo on new floorManhattan College is one of 35 private colleges that was awarded a Higher Education Capital (HECap) Matching Grant in the most recent competition. The College received $5 million in the program that will go toward Leo Hall renovations.

“We are grateful to our representatives in Albany for their commitment to the HECap program and their support of higher education,” said Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College. “The funds will help enormously in our efforts to educate the innovators, researchers, problem solvers, and builders of the next generation.”

The renovations to Leo Hall are part of an overhaul of the College’s south campus. Slated to open for the fall 2021 semester, the Patricia and Cornelius J. Higgins ’62 Engineering and Science Center will be the cornerstone of Manhattan College’s modernization of facilities that support its engineering and science programs.

Leo Hall and Higgins Engineering & Science Center will serve as the academic hub for the development of South Campus, allowing students to develop a connection to their chosen programs and build relationships with their peers and faculty that prepare them to be thoughtful citizens throughout their lives.

Led by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, State Senate and State Assembly, the Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program has enabled campuses across the state to make critical investments in their infrastructure and equipment while creating construction jobs. Campuses that receive grants are required to invest at least $3 of their own funds for every $1 of state funds they receive.

Since the program’s inception, HECap grants have created well over $1 billion in infrastructure spending across New York and more than 14,000 jobs, including 7,000 construction jobs that paid prevailing wage. 

By Pete McHugh