Heinz Endowments donates $10M to CMU's Heinz College

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A project to renovate and expand the campus building that houses Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College has received a $10 million boost from The Heinz Endowments, university officials announced today.

The gift will support the second phase of a $32 million project involving Hamburg Hall that began last summer. The donation also will fund improvements including new collaborative student project space and a 150-seat auditorium, officials said.

The four-story building is across the street from the site of the new Tepper Quadrangle, announced last month, and supported by a gift from alumnus David Tepper's charitable foundation.

Carnegie Mellon officials said a donation the size of the one announced today is within the top 10 foundation gifts the university has received and within the top 15 overall made to Carnegie Mellon.

Initially called the School of Urban and Public Affairs, Heinz College was renamed in honor of the late Sen. John Heinz.

"We are deeply grateful to the Endowments and the Heinz family for providing this transformational gift, one that will help us strengthen the Heinz College in its vitally important work at the intersection of information technology, public policy and management," Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh said in a statement. "This visionary gift will build on those capabilities for the next generation."

Officials said the gift will allow final architectural designs of Phase II to be expedited, finalize construction planning and begin additional renovation and expansion. The total project has four phases, three of which are expected to be completed by summer 2017, while timing for the fourth phase has not been set, officials said.

Heinz College is home to both the university's School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. The presence of both within Hamburg brings together a diverse mix of students who work collaboratively and engage in experiential learning, said Heinz College Dean Ramayya Krishnan.

"This space will really support all of that," he said.

"The Heinz Endowments [has] been our biggest supporter. We are very proud to bear the name of Sen. John Heinz," Mr. Krishman said. "His spirit and engagement in terms of ... making a difference in the world motivates the college. This is fantastic."

Bill Schackner: bschackner@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1977 or on Twitter @BschacknerPG.

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