St. Joseph’s College breaks ground on new student center in Patchogue


St. Joseph’s College broke ground today for its new $17 million student center, the first project to be constructed on the Patchogue campus in 18 years. 

The 32,000 square-foot, two-story facility will sit on the Danzi Athletic Field and contain both indoor and outdoor spaces, including campus dining facilities, an art gallery, chapel, gaming lounge, meeting rooms for student organizations, and more. 

Construction at 155 West Roe Blvd. is expected to be completed by spring 2023. 

“What we’re really here for is what the sisters were here for when they founded this school, and that is to transform the community,” said SJC president Donald Boomgaarden. “This student center exemplifies the sense of spirituality, reaching into the community, transforming the community for the better is what St. Joseph’s College is all about.” 

The overall goal of creating the new building is to best meet the needs of the growing campus community, according to SJC. The facility will include five classrooms with modern smart technology, seven faculty offices, and a computer lab. 

On the second floor will be 5,500 square feet of workspaces for school’s faculty, students and academic programs. 

The Town of Brookhaven and the Village of Patchogue are also collaborating on this plan, which includes a major sewer project currently underway. 

Several town and county officials attended the ground-breaking ceremony this afternoon, including Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri, who described the center as an “asset” not only to the students and faculty, but to the entire Patchogue community. 

“Kids need campus,” he said. “This student center will create that energy that kids want to be a part of.” 

Check out the video below for a sneak peek of the SJC Long Island Student Center, coming spring 2023.

Top: Students and campus community members at the ground-breaking ceremony at St. Joseph’s College.