Enhancing the Campus

Building the future
is only the beginning.

At RIT, we’re reimagining our future and transforming our campus by building places and spaces for creators and makers. Right now, all across campus, you can see the future unfolding. RIT is in the midst of executing its largest construction projects in more than 50 years. Multiple projects, estimated at $200 million, are underway.

Innovative scholarship and education require a different kind of campus—one with flexible spaces that foster and stimulate creativity, discovery, and collaboration. We are committed to providing RIT’s uniquely talented people the classrooms, laboratories, and playgrounds in which they can freely learn, teach, and investigate. With your help, we will transform the RIT campus into a place where anything is possible.

Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED)

RIT students’ passion for exploring what’s possible at the intersection of technology, the arts, and design is on display every day in the SHED. Our creative hub, officially opened in fall 2023, centralizes the university’s makerspaces, performing arts studios, and an innovative new performance venue – the Sklarsky Glass Box Theater.

More than a building, the SHED is an exceptional demonstration of the RIT experience and one of the most visually stunning and inspiring structures on campus. It provides the space needed to accommodate the expansive programs and activities that make up a large portion of the RIT experience. The SHED is where creativity and innovation collide.
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To provide support for the SHED, please refer to our exclusive list of funding opportunities in the SHED. For additional information, please email Kate Bissinger, senior director of donor relations and stewardship at kabuadv@rit.edu.

Music Performance Theater

The best students are students who are also involved in performing arts, allowing them to think creatively. It not only helps the students, but that experience gives them a leg up with prospective employers who seek the best, well-rounded candidates who can think creatively in a variety of situations.

RIT is well on its way to developing the leading performing arts program in the nation for non-majors, attracting talented and creative students who can continue their passions for music, dance, theater, and other performing arts. With thousands of RIT students involved in performing arts expected in the next few years, plans are moving forward for a performing arts complex that will feature a 750-seat theater and eventually a 1,500-seat orchestra hall for larger audiences.

The first phase is expected to be completed in 2025. Help us make this dream a reality, contact us or learn more about how you can help RIT bring this much-needed Music Performance Theater to life. For additional information, please contact Cathy Hain, associate vice president University Advancement at cathy.hain@rit.edu or 585-475-2627.

Athletic Facilities

It’s time for a major renovation for RIT athletic facilities. The upgrades are the most significant on campus since the 2014 opening of the Gene Polisseni Center — home to men’s and women’s hockey. The improvements will benefit more than 650 Tiger student-athletes.

Because sports programs play a vital role in higher education, it is critical that we upgrade our facilities. By doing so, we can collectively yield significant gains for both the university and the surrounding community.

Help us shine a spotlight on RIT and the Rochester region by supporting our athletics facilities. Learn more about where your gift is needed most. For more information, please contact Martie Staser, senior director of advancement, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, at masdar@rit.edu or 585-475-6465.

Saunders COB

Saunders College of Business Expansion

Saunders College continues its remarkable trajectory and our world-class faculty, staff, and students bring with them new expectations associated with technology-based teaching and research. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve expanded our facilities to support, prepare, and inspire these future leaders.

As you may know, the business world has evolved considerably over time, and continues to change at a rapid pace. What is current today, wasn’t even a consideration decades ago. Your support will help us continue to change the business education environment at Saunders College to meet the way students learn today. Our expanded, modernized facilities will support collaboration, networking, applied research, and business community engagement now and in the future.

Donor support of our programs and facilities is critical to drive creativity and innovation among the next generation of business leaders.
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For more information, please contact Liam Welsh, senior director of advancement for Saunders College of Business at lwelsh@saunders.rit.edu or 585-475-6327.

Other Key Projects

There are a few other exciting campus renovation projects already in development here at RIT, focusing on strengthening the arts and sciences.

Contact us if you would like to give your support.