Raymond F. LeChase Hall
Dedicated in May 2013, Raymond F. LeChase Hall is the home of the Warner School of Education. Raymond LeChase was the father of University Trustee R. Wayne LeChase, a pioneer in the Rochester construction industry and a noted philanthropist and supporter of education.
LeChase Hall officially opened doors January 2013, on the 20th anniversary of the naming of the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development. The first major academic building to be constructed on the Wilson Quadrangle in 30 years, LeChase Hall provides space for all of Warner’s programs, faulty, staff, and its more than 600 full- and part-time graduate students.
A four-story, 65,000-square-foot facility—with the upper three floors unified by a three-story atrium named in honor of Robin and Timothy Wentworth—LeChase Hall includes 14 classrooms on the first floor that are used by the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering during the day and the Warner School in the evenings and summers. Altogether, about 3,000 students taking roughly 100 courses use the classrooms every day.
LeChase Hall also includes the Genrich-Rusling Room, the Palladoro Methods Classroom, the Miller Technology and Research Lab, specialized classrooms and faculty and staff offices, as well as several meeting rooms and common spaces designed to support the preparation and development of educators and to conduct educational research and reform work.
Designed by architectural firm Bergmann Associates of Rochester in collaboration with SHW Group, a Michigan firm with extensive background in designing creative learning environments, and constructed by LeChase Hall Construction Services, LLC, the building meets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver standards. LeChase Hall also meets Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and incorporates many design principles that exceed the standards and allow direct access to the most frequently trafficked classroom area of the building.
A cornerstone of Warner’s strategic plan since fall 2005, the project got under way in spring 2011, thanks to a $3.5 million commitment from R. Wayne LeChase and his wife, Beverly. The Warner School’s new home would not have been possible without the generous support of the LeChase family, who provided the gift that made it possible to proceed with a facility named after Wayne’s father, as well as lead gifts from Timothy and Robin Wentworh, Sandra Parker, and Herbert Miller, and support from the estate of William F. Scandling and Margaret Warner Scandling.