McChord’s 2017 record gift of $50 million to RIT included $17.5 million to build the collaborative learning complex. Financing through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York will offset the construction costs, which will exceed $100 million.
McChord requested that students be involved in naming the new facility to make it their own. Jonathan Dharmadi, a fourth-year new media design student from Elmhurst, N.Y., won a student competition naming the new complex the Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED).
A gallery dedicated to RIT’s partnership with the Genesee Country Village & Museum on the first floor of the SHED will showcase university-wide research and scholarship from the partnership. RIT alumnus Philip Wehrheim (’66, business) and his wife, Anne, endowed the RIT-GCV&M partnership in 2019 with a $1.3 million gift, a portion of which is supporting the exhibition space.
RIT alumnus and trustee Frank Sklarsky ’78 and his wife, Ruth, made a significant gift of $2.5 million to establish the Sklarsky Glass Box Theater.
More Naming Opportunities in the SHED