Sage Celebrates Grand Opening of the Newly Renovated Armory at Sage
On Friday, September 27, 2013, The Sage Colleges President Susan Scrimshaw and Board Chair Donna Esteves, joined by New York Assemblyman John T. McDonald III, Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings and Albany City Treasurer Kathy T. Sheehan, will cut the ribbon on "The Armory at Sage," welcoming the community for tours of the historic, repurposed space.
Sage purchased the former National Guard Armory at 130 New Scotland Ave. in 2012, expanding its Albany campus for the first time since 1949. Since the spring, crews renovated 21,000 square feet to be ready for use this fall semester, adding significant classroom and faculty office space to the Sage College of Albany campus.
“While The Armory at Sage provides a much needed expansion to meet the needs of our growing enrollment, we are equally pleased to be breathing new life into a vital piece of Albany history,” said President Scrimshaw. “For nearly 90 years, the National Guard used this building to serve the Capital Region and our country. We are proud The Armory at Sage will continue that tradition, preparing our students to serve their community.”
Friday’s event marks the first step in a multi-phase renovation plan for the 68,000 square foot armory and three-acre site. The first phase added four seminar rooms, two classrooms, a conference room, student lounge, and faculty offices. Phase 2 will include additional classrooms and faculty offices. Phase 3 will tackle the three-story high “drill shed,” which Sage plans to transform into a multi-purpose space for both for The Sage Colleges and the greater community.
Built in 1914, the armory was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. During renovations, Sage worked with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Restoration on details such as the number of panes in the new windows, to preserve the building’s historic status.
Last used by the National Guard in 1999, many nearby residents recall lining up along New Scotland Avenue to cheer a convoy leaving the armory for Fort Drum during the Gulf War. Among the guests at Friday’s event will be Albert Orbinati, captain with the New York Air National Guard and new dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Education at The Sage Colleges.
Also participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony are: Sage College of Albany Dean Joanne Curran; Deirdre Zarrillo, vice president of administration and planning; professor Roberta Gabrenya, chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies department; and SCA Student Government President Mayleen Rivera.