Syracuse U. launches competition to design veterans complex

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University has launched an international competition aimed at finding a partner to design and construct a national resource complex for veterans.

The university plans to invite 30 of the world's leading architecture firms to submit their qualifications to be considered for the architectural, landscape, and engineering design of the complex.

The facility will house state-of-the-art vocational and educational programs designed to advance the economic opportunities of the nation's veterans and their families as they transition back into the workforce.

The facility is the first of its kind in the United States. The proposal to build it was one of three selected to receive $500 million as part of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

The winning proposal and firm will be announced in May 2016.

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