Alumni Roof Terrace Campaign Raises $2.7MM

October 14, 2011

Dara Schaefer, AR '94, on the Alumni Roof Terrace

Dara Schaefer, AR '94, on the Alumni Roof Terrace

The Alumni Roof Terrace Campaign has been enormously successful so far, with nearly 600 alumni raising almost $2.7MM. 

An open and expansive outdoor space on the 8th floor of 41 Cooper Square, the Alumni Roof Terrace is an urban oasis with spectacular views of the New York City skyline. The Terrace bears the engraved names of alumni who made generous contributions to help Cooper Union construct our new academic building.  Since opening in 2009, this breathtaking space has become a popular gathering place for students, alumni, parents and friends. 

The Alumni Roof Terrace Campaign closes on December 31, 2011.  There are 90 spaces left for alumni who would like to celebrate their experiences at Cooper with a permanent tribute in stone. 

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