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Vassar College Building New Inn, Conference Center

POUGHKEEPSIE, New York— Construction is underway on Vassar College’s new inn and conference center in Poughkeepsie, New York, and the facility is slated to open next year.

Located on the south side of the Alumnae House lawn at the gateway to campus, Vassar’s new 48,000-square-foot Inn and Institute for the Liberal Arts will combine conference space with 50 guest rooms and a restaurant when it opens in 2024.

The Crossroads Inn will include 50 guest rooms to accommodate both visitors to the college, the city and the region. The inn features three stories and a gable roof, while the adjacent two-story Institute has a restaurant on the first floor and outdoor patio. A glass lobby connects the two and was designed to create the feeling of a public living room.

The Inn and Institute were designed to the highest level of sustainability. The carbon-neutral building uses solar energy and geothermal heating and cooling and features low-flow sinks and toilets, 100% recycled content brick and many other sustainable designs, including an all-electric kitchen in the restaurant.

The Salt Line will be a 50-seat, farm-to-table restaurant that will also be home to Night Owls bar as well as 14- to 16-seat private dining room.

Vassar was awarded a $1.1 million grant from New York State Energy and Research Development to create programming for students, local schools and businesses to teach about sustainability, making the Institute a living learning lab.

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