Updated: 1:55 a.m. Sunday, June 27, 2010 | Posted: 4:11 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2010

UD’s ‘River Campus’ takes shape on old NCR complex


UD’s ‘River Campus’ takes shape on old NCR complex photo
UD’s transition team, inside former NCR headquarters, includes (from left) Ted Bucaro, government and regional relations director, Daniel J. Curran, university president, John Hart, university counsel, and Beth Keyes, assistant VP for facilities management.

By Thomas Gnau

Staff Writer

What does the official transfer of NCR Corp.’s former headquarters mean to leaders of the University of Dayton, the new owner of the building and the surrounding 115 acres?

“I think it means we have to do a lot more work,” said Dan Curran, UD president.

On Thursday, UD will take possession of the red, five-story structure that served as NCR’s corporate headquarters for nearly 35 years. UD announced it had purchased the building — with the help of financing from NCR itself — shortly before Christmas 2009. Since then, as NCR employees vacated areas of the building, representatives and employees of UD have slowly moved in. Much work has already been done, most of it in the realm of information technology.

“NCR has been very generous with us, (letting us) bring groups of people through here,” Curran said.

UD takes over not just a building, but 1,600 parking spaces and the much-remembered Old River Park. The whole area will become the university’s “River Campus,” said Beth Keyes, UD assistant vice president for facilities.

In coming days, motorists passing by on South Patterson Boulevard should see signage being removed. Phone and telecom work has already started, as has tying fire alarms to the university’s central alarm system, establishing employee card access, registering elevators with the state and much more, said Keyes, whose father, Harold Haber, was a longtime NCR engineer.

Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2390 or tgnau@DaytonDailyNews.com.

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Founded: 1956

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Who works there: 400 full-time researchers; 260 undergraduate and graduate students


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