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UCLA gets $30M donation to renovate psychology building

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Posted at 2:31 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 18:49:57-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of California, Los Angeles has received a $30 million donation to support a major renovation of the building that houses its psychology department, the school announced Tuesday.

The gift from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation is the second largest in the history of the UCLA College’s life sciences division, the university said.

In recognition of the donation, the building known for decades as Psychology Tower has been re-named Pritzker Hall.

The money will position UCLA Psychology for “decades of trailblazing research and exceptional teaching,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block in a statement.

The tower was designed by Los Angeles architect Paul Revere Williams and completed in 1967. Work on seismic upgrades began in 2018 and the full renovation is expected to be completed this year.

Of the total amount, $10 million will go toward creating an endowment that will provide faculty and student support and fund ongoing infrastructure needs, the statement said.

The Pritzker Family Foundation has given many financial gifts to UCLA over the years, including $15 million to the university's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability in 2013.