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Hudson Valley Community College Construction Lab to be Named in Honor of Callanan Industries

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What: A construction materials lab at Hudson Valley Community College will be dedicated in honor of Callanan Industries, Inc. in recognition of a gift of $45,000 in cash and equipment to the Construction and Civil Engineering Technology programs. Callanan Industries has supported the college since 1995, contributing to scholarship funds and events, and donating materials to the construction program.

Why: Students in the construction materials class, who are being trained in material testing procedures following the ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials) industry standards, must use a gyratory compactor to simulate traffic on road surfaces for determination of a proper asphalt pavement mix design. Prior to receiving this equipment, it was necessary for students and faculty to go off-site to either the New York State Department of Transportation or Callanan laboratories to perform these tests. With this donation, all testing can now be done on campus.

Who: Attending the dedication ceremony from Hudson Valley will be President Drew Matonak and Dr. Christine LaPlante, chairperson of the Civil, Construction, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering department. Attending from Callanan Industries will be President Don Fane, who is also a member of the college’s Board of Trustees.

Where: Hudson Hall, Room #137 at Hudson Valley Community College’s Troy campus.

When: 11:30 a.m., Friday, May 16.

Details: The gyratory compactor and associated cash gift is valued at $45,000. Past cash and/or in-kind contributions have totaled nearly $60,000 since the mid-1990s. The lab will be named the Callanan Industries, Inc. Construction Materials Lab.

Oldcastle Materials, the parent company of Callanan Industries, supports its operating companies’ involvement in worthwhile educational programs, such as this, that both advance training for the industry and support the communities in which the companies operate.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.