10/15/2009

Celebrating a Northwest Gateway Milestone

  • Keith A. Orris ’81 speaks to the crowd after President John Fry's surprise announcement.
  • Franklin & Marshall athletic fields will eventually occupy part of this space in the Northwest Gateway Project.

Members of the Franklin & Marshall administration and Board of Trustees joined top officials in business and government at the dedication ceremony of the Armstrong Phase of the Northwest Gateway Project Friday afternoon.

In a surprise announcement near the end of the ceremony, President John Fry read a citation naming the Keith A. Orris '81 Pavilion on the former Armstrong World Industries site. Orris, vice president for administrative services and business, government and community relations, marshaled the cooperation between the College and public and private entities in the planning and execution of the Armstrong Phase.

"Keith Orris has demonstrated the highest possible degree of ingenuity, tenacity, industry and integrity in the pursuit of excellence on the entire Northwest Gateway Project," the citation reads. "(He has) throughout this incredibly complicated and taxing project conducted himself with humility, collegiality and consistent good humor in the face of challenges that would have stymied others."

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday to adopt the resolution naming the Orris Pavilion.

Friday's ceremony took place on Armstrong Boulevard, a newly created road that connects Liberty Street to the 47-acre property. Green fields now stretch beyond the boulevard where industrial buildings once stood.

The College's athletic fields will eventually occupy 30 acres of the property, while Lancaster General Health intends to use the other 17 acres for its facilities.

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