Generous Gift Boosts Siena Renovation Projects

By Eric Althoff

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.Thanks to a generous alumni gift, Siena College will be expanding its science center as well as renovating the science school’s Roger Bacon Hall.

According to a recent release from the school, alumnus Das Nobel and his wife Nipa are gifting $35 million—the largest single donation in the school’s history—for the 40,000-square-foot expansion. The expansion will help out students in a dozen various academic disciplines. New laboratories will be added as will.

Nobel came to the United States from Bangladesh as a teenager, and after studying at Siena founded MTX Group with his wife. With its success, Nobel is now giving back to not only his community but his school via the Nobel Foundation.

Nobel, in a statement regarding his gift, said, “The foundation from Siena College enabled us to give back to my alma mater in a way that will impact the next generation of leaders. I am proud to be a Siena alumnus and hope this contribution will inspire future students to dream big.”

No architect or general contractor has yet been announced for this project, but construction is expected to commence on the eponymous Nobel Hall in the fall, with work likely to be finished sometime in 2024.