Syracuse University College of Law broke ground on May 10 for a $90 million building that will serve as its new home.

Dineen Hall, as the building will be called, is expected to open in 2014, administrators said. They unveiled plans for the 200,000 square-foot structure in 2010 and have been raising money for the project ever since.

The largest donation to date — $15 million — came from the three children of alumni Robert Emmet Dineen and Carolyn Bareham Dineen. One of those children, Robert E. Dineen Jr., is a Syracuse University trustee. Another, Carolyn Dineen King, sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The other sister, Kathryn Dineen Wriston, is also a lawyer.

Robert Emmet Dineen graduated from the law school in 1924 and was a partner at Bond, Schoeneck & King before becoming the president and CEO of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. He died in 1989.

Carolyn Bareham Dineen graduated in 1932 from the law school, where she had been one of only two women enrolled. She practiced at a local law firm for five years before leaving to raise her children. She died in 2001.

During a dedication ceremony last year, university President Nancy Cantor called the Dineens “quintessential members of the SU family.”

The Dineen donation was the largest the law school has ever received, and was part of a larger, $1 billion fundraising campaign initiated by the university in 2007.

The new law school building will be located on a former parking lot, adjacent to the existing law school buildings. Plans call for the five-story structure to include a terrace, a 330-seat auditorium and a central atrium.

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