Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at York College

President Marcia V. Keizs, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and CUNY’s Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management Iris Weinshall (among other dignitaries) recently cut the ribbon for the official opening of Cardinal Walkway; the College’s newest pedestrian thoroughfare on the 50-acre campus.

The Cardinal Walkway. The 200 linear foot stretch of green infused pathway, designed by Lee Weintraub Landscape Architects, links  mass transit hubs and the west campus with the Academic Core Building, without having to pass through the Classroom Building to do so. A sculptural pergola, the “Cardinal’s Nest,” was conceptualized with the school colors and mascot in mind. It provides some shade to the new exterior lounge, which is outfitted with Brazilian hardwood and a pebbled surface that make for an organic and serene setting. “This will be the most interesting place where the Cardinals (students) will congregate,” affirms Campus Architect Noel Gamboa. “This highly traversed area is now the College’s latest gem.” Gamboa credits the successful completion of the construction to the effective management of the CUNY Department of Design, Construction, and Management, and Sundeep Construction, a minority-based contractor.

The project was made possible by a Reso A Capital Grant from Queens Borough President Marshall, who is also responsible for funding the adjacent Illinois Jacquet Performance Hall and the 159th Street Pedestrian Mall, both managed by the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.

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