The AGBU-sponsored and supported American University of Armenia (AUA) dedicated its new Paramaz Avedisian Building on November 1, 2008. Here is some information about the event via the AUA website:
The Paramaz Avedisian Building adds about 100,000 square feet of space to AUA’s existing facilities, including classrooms and seminar rooms, laboratories and research centers, offices for faculty, suites for AUA’s academic programs, and the new VivaCell Videoconferencing Room. The educational facility was designed by Altoon + Porter Architects of Los Angeles, California, and incorporates several innovative design elements and sophisticated environment-sensitive solutions.
“The new Paramaz Avedisian Building along with the United States accreditation the University received in 2007, provides AUA with the ability to expand educational offerings with new programs and to increase our student body and serve additional Armenian and international students. The University community is grateful to the many donors, large and small, who made our dream a reality,” explained AUA President Haroutune Armenian. (Read more here.)
According to the Armenia: Higher Education & Sciences blog:
The building is a five-story, 10 thousand square meters edifice of tufa, basalt, and glass curtain wall, designed to accommodate the latest in video, computer, and telecommunications equipment. It includes large classrooms with central cooling and heating systems, wireless Internet connections, a video conferencing room, a café, a bookstore, a gym, and exhibition space. The new building will house all 7 units of the University. The old building, which was originally designed to host the Communist Party of Armenia SSR conferences, will be used for administrative and nonacademic purposes.
Congratulations to AUA and the students of Armenia!