Founded in 1861 by Matthew Vassar, Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., consistently ranks among the top liberal arts colleges in the U.S. In 1865, the college opened its doors and offered young women a liberal arts education that matched the best men's colleges. For the first time, women were invited to take courses in art history, physical education, geology, astronomy, music, mathematics and chemistry. The college swiftly gained a reputation for intellectual rigor that led to the founding of the first Phi Beta Kappa chapter (the U.S.' oldest academic honor society) at a women's college.
In 1969, after declining an invitation to merge with Yale University, New Haven, Conn., Vassar College became a co-educational college known for setting the standard for higher education. It continues to be renowned for pioneering achievements in education and its long history of curricular innovation, as well as its campus's beauty. More than 1,000 acres of manicured lawns and formal gardens provide Vassar College's 2,400 students and faculty with a picturesque landscape.
Located in the Students' Building, the All Campus Dining Center serves the entire Vassar College community as a central dining facility and provides seating for more than 1,000 people. In 2012, the dining center's slate and copper roof systems, including a gold-leafed copper finial, were restored. Selected by Vassar College for its extensive experience with slate roof systems, Hayden Building Maintenance Corp., West Nyack, N.Y., installed the new roof systems.
"The project required a skilled and knowledgeable roofing contractor who has mastered the art of installing slate, as well as built-in gutters, flashing, flat-seam roofing on the cupola dome and restoration of the dome's gold-leafed copper finial," says Julie Palmer, architectural conservator for Levine & Co. Inc., Ardmore, Pa., the project's roof consultant. "Kevin Lyons, Hayden Building Maintenance's steep-slope division president, is an expert with these and many other steep-slope roofing components."