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In 2008, St. John's University broke ground for the new University Center/Academic Building, one of the largest and most comprehensive construction projects in St. John’s recent history. Located between Sullivan Hall and the Taffner Field House on the site that currently serves as stadium seating for lacrosse and track and field events, the 110,000 square feet (10,000 m2) complex has been designed to significantly enhance student life on campus. The building, which will rise dramatically over the upper campus, will contain 14 technologically sophisticated, state-of-the-art classrooms with approximately 800 seats. In addition, it will include a café, lounge, recreation and entertainment spaces, student organization offices and conference and meeting rooms devoted exclusively to student use.The building will be named "The D'Angelo Center" after Board of Trustees member Peter D'Angelo '78 MBA, and his wife Peg D'Angelo '70 Ed.
In 2005, St. John's constructed Taffner Field house, and dramatically renovated Carnesecca Hall and the University Center. Renovations to Carnesecca Hall included a 6,400 sq ft (590 m2). Health Center, for use by Student Life and athletics, including weight training equipment, aerobic and dance studios, and a student lounge. The University Center renovations consisted of reconfigured office and meeting space for Student Life and academic clubs, and the addition of audio/visual rooms for all varsity athletic teams. Taffner Athletic Field House was $23 million initiative. The two-story, 38,000 sq ft (3,500 m2). structure adjacent to Carnesecca Hall includes four basketball courts, academic classrooms,
The 2004–2005 academic years saw $35 million in capital projects, including the completion of St. Thomas More church, the DaSilva academic building, Carnesecca Hall Fitness Center, and Belson Stadium. In 2005 the science labs and student life facilities were the target of an additional $60 million in capital enhancements.
Take train to Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike station.
Take Q-46 bus to Union Turnpike and Utopia Parkway.
Take train to 169th Street station.
Take Q-30 or Q-31 bus to St. John's University main gate on Utopia Parkway and 82nd Avenue.
I.R.T. Subway, 7 Train
Take train to Main Street, Flushing.
Take Q-17 bus to Utopia Parkway and the Long Island Expressway.
Transfer to the Q-30 or Q-31 bus to St. John's University main gate on Utopia Parkway and 82nd Avenue.
Long Island Railroad (L.I.R.R.)
Take L.I.R.R. to Jamaica Station.
Take the Q-30 bus to St. John's University main gate on Utopia Parkway and 82nd Avenue.
La Guardia Airport
Take the Grand Central Parkway east (toward Long Island). Exit at Utopia Parkway, turn left at the light and left onto the campus (a 15 minute drive).
Take the Van Wyck Expressway to the Main Street/Union Turnpike, exit. Proceed to the third traffic light and make a right onto the Grand Central Parkway service road. Make a left on Utopia Parkway (at the fourth traffic light) and enter the campus (a 15-20 minute drive).