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Point Park University Receives $2 Million Grant from The Heinz Endowments

Point Park University has received a $2 million grant from The Heinz Endowments that will support the architectural design phase of its campus master space plan for the Academic Village Initiative. The grant will underwrite a comprehensive design process resulting in a specific set of architectural and engineering blueprints necessary for construction of the Academic Village. In addition, the grant will support a University architect/planner to oversee the Initiative in its entirety and to help construct an environmental, sustainable overlay for the project.

"Point Park University's campus space plan weaves its presence into the Downtown fabric in a very exciting way," Endowments Chairman Teresa Heinz said. "It expands considerably the opportunity for Point Park students to engage their academic programs in a vibrant urban setting."

Paul Hennigan, president of Point Park University, said the Endowments grant allows for the building of "the human infrastructure at the University necessary to undertake the design and construction of our transformational campus plan. We are very grateful to count the Endowments as our partner in this initiative."

With the Endowments grant to support architectural and engineering design, the University continues its progress on the Academic Village at Point Park University, a $210 million master space plan. An overview of the new Academic Village at Point Park University is available at

The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center of learning and educational excellence, and a home to diversity and inclusion. Committed to helping its region thrive as a whole community - economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally - the foundation works within Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the nation to develop solutions to challenges that are national and even international in scope. One of the largest and most innovative foundations in the country, the Endowments awarded more than $84 million in grants in 2007.

Point Park University, founded in 1960, is an independent, four-year coeducational institution located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. Point Park enrolls approximately 3,800 full- and part-time students in 67 undergraduate programs and eight graduate programs offered through its School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Communication and Conservatory of Performing Arts.