Cost: $2 million

Size: 8,000 sf

Project team: Keyman Asefi, in the Department of Interior Architecture & Design under the guidance of Mercyhurst President Michael T. Victor (designer); Cal Pifer, vice president for external relations and advancement; David Myron, vice president for finance and administration; Kidder Wachter Architecture & Design (architect of record); Frontier General Contracting (construction); MCPc, George I. Alden Trust, Hewlett-Packard, Lui Damasceno and Family, KeyBank Foundation (project supporters)

Images: Courtesy of Mercyhurst University

Description: The MCPc Cyber Education Center at Mercyhurst University is part of the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Information Sciences, the oldest and largest intelligence program of its kind in academia. This state-of-the-art cyber training and cyber mitigation facility includes four separate spaces: a Cyber Security Lab, a Security Operations Room and two Computer Labs.

The Cyber Security Lab features 20 individual terminals, each outfitted with high-end computing power and large monitors. The lab operates on an independent network with its own servers and firewalls, completely isolated from the campus network. In addition, the lab features virtual forensic workstations, mobile devices for exploitation tests, threat-analysis software packages, and other relevant platforms.

The Security Operations Room will be staffed and operated by Cleveland-based technology firm MCPc. Two full-time MCPc employees will work with and hire Mercyhurst students to address real-time cyber security threats.

The Computer Labs will be used to support additional programs within Mercyhurst’s Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences. Home to the oldest and largest Intelligence Studies program in the U.S., the Ridge College is the largest of Mercyhurst’s four academic colleges, with more than 700 undergraduate students.

The MCPc Cyber Education Center strengthens Mercyhurst’s technical capabilities to provide both analysis work and threat penetration testing to corporations and the government.

Completion date: Aug. 2, 2018

Contact: Deborah W. Morton, Executive Communications Officer, Director of Public Relations, Department of Marketing & Public Relations, 814-824-2552,