The tradition will continue with the creation of the National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC), a first-of-its-kind national center of excellence for research, education, and opportunity to advance the post-service lives of veterans and their families. The NVRC will be at the forefront of academic, government, private sector, and community collaboration that will inform national policy and program delivery.
“The design and construction of the NVRC is perhaps the most symbolic example of Syracuse University’s commitment to serving, supporting, and empowering those men and women who have served the nation in uniform,” says J. Michael Haynie, vice chancellor of strategic initiatives and innovation and executive director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families . “The NVRC will build upon and solidify the University’s ongoing leadership in research and programming connected to the veteran and military sectors.”
The NVRC aligns with one of the key tenets of the Academic Strategic Plan—to distinguish Syracuse as the premier university for veterans, military-connected students, and their families. Its ideals are based on the tenure of former Chancellor William P. Tolley, who opened the doors to veterans after World War II and the creation of the GI Bill, tripling the University’s enrollment. Today, with its Institute for Veterans and Military Families and distinctive veteran-related programs, the University is poised to coalesce its many resources and academic programs into the new complex.
After a six-month design competition that concluded in early 2016, the University’s NVRC Selection Committee chose SHoP Architects, a New York City firm, to design the new complex, which will include a large auditorium, and research, academic, and office spaces. The complex will be built on Waverly Avenue, with groundbreaking scheduled for summer 2017 and a tentative completion date of spring 2019.