Daemen Awarded Over $400,000 for Former YMCA Building

“Y” is a good fit for Academic and Athletic Programs

September 3, 2013



Contact:  Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations

                (716) 839-8472



           Daemen College has received $402,400 from the New York State Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program (HECap) for the acquisition of the former Northeast Family Branch YMCA.


           As part of the terms of the NY State award, Daemen’s use of the YMCA building is restricted to health and athletics. Moreover, Daemen is completing the first year of a transition to NCAA Division II competition, and College administrators see the former “Y” facility as a good fit for Daemen athletic programs.  


           “The acquisition of this property will allow us to significantly enhance the growth and excellence of our health professional programs, such as athletic training, and the Daemen Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson.


           “This facility will also provide additional space required for Daemen athletic programs, as we move into our second year of NCAA eligibility.”


           Transitioning into full NCAA membership, Daemen begins competition in the East Coast Conference this fall.    


The YMCA building is located on a two acre parcel at 4433 Main Street across from the College campus. The College has no current plans to make any external structural changes to the facility.


           Previous HECap awards to the College assisted in the completion of the Daemen Research & Information Commons, which received Gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as capital improvements to the Daemen campus.


New York State Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program


           HECap provides a $1 match for every $3 raised for capital investment at New York’s independent (private not-for-profit) institutions of higher education.  Funds are distributed according to a formula that considers such factors as overall student enrollment, student body financial need, and size of existing and planned campus facilities. The $150 million program was created in the 2005-2006 Enacted Budget.

Information on the HECap program is available at http://www.dasny.org/dasny/hecap/index.php .

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