Celebrating the LeChase Legacy

For nearly 75 years, the LeChase name has been synonymous with a commitment to excellence, strong moral values, and strengthening the community. Over the past three decades, Wayne LeChase has focused this commitment to build a legacy at the University of Rochester, one that will endure for the life of the institution and generations of students, faculty and staff, patients, and community members. To celebrate this wonderful legacy, voices from across the University join together to thank Wayne, Beverly and the LeChase family for the difference you have made in their lives.

Paying Homage to
the Very Best in Rochester

Making an Enduring Difference

“Wayne’s commitment to his father’s founding principles as a leader of LeChase Construction extends to his service on the Board of Trustees and his impact on the University of Rochester. His integrity, social responsibility, and sense of accountability have made a significant and enduring difference for our greater community.”


Danny Wegman

Chair, Board of Trustees
University of Rochester

Meeting Our Progressive Needs

“As the leader of a great construction company, Wayne LeChase literally helped to build the University of Rochester, creating attractive, productive and innovative environments to meet the progressive needs of our academic, clinical and research missions. However, his contributions run even deeper than the buildings that will bear the LeChase name for generations. As a donor, trustee and community leader, Wayne’s impact has been influential in the full range of our efforts—from nurturing the smallest newborns to supporting great advances in medicine.”


Dr. Mark Taubman

CEO, University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine
Dean, School of Medicine and Dentistry
Senior Vice President for Health Sciences

A Remarkable Dedication
to Our Community’s Well-Being

One of many buildings built by LeChase Construction on the Medical Center campus, Golisano Children’s Hospital is the largest capital project in the University’s history. Its 245,000 square feet of space is dedicated to the special needs of children and their families, including an interactive play pod on the first floor that Wayne and Beverly supported. The state-of-the-art facility also has a less visible but equally powerful impact on helping the hospital to recruit world-class physicians and researchers.

“Without the hospital, Gavin wouldn’t be here and I couldn’t imagine a world without him. From the bottom of our hearts, and Gavin’s patched heart, we say ‘thank you.’ This hospital is a miracle.”
—Jason Steel with his son, Gavin Steel

“Thank you for being on our team with us…for being in our corner. We couldn’t do it without you.”
—Dr. Carol Fries, Pediatric Oncologist

“It’s a legacy. This place is just a dream come true. Thank you so much.”
—Dr. Pegoli, Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief, and Joseph M. Lobozzo II Professor

“Thank you so much for helping my son and so many other little kids like him.”
—Michaela Jones with her son, Myles Davis

“We’re so blessed to have this hospital here. It is so bright and positive and progressive and innovative. It’s no wonder why Craig just skips down the hallways. It’s beautiful.”
—Kim and Tim Winter, with their son Craig (center) and his sisters Lily (left) and Lauren

“Thank you for helping us make a difference in so many children’s lives.”
—Meg Rose, Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Making Dreams a Reality

The first major academic building to be constructed on the Wilson Quadrangle in 30 years, Raymond F. LeChase Hall stands as a visible testament to the enduring legacy of the LeChase family, and their impact on the University community and on the future educators, administrators, and leaders in the education field. It is a wonderful example of how Wayne, Beverly and their family have an exponential impact on those who use the buildings and spaces they create and generously support.

“As a result of LeChase Hall, we have been able to create a demonstration model of effective teaching and learning practices for urban students.”
—Lynn Gatto, Assistant Professor and Executive Director of Horizons at Warner

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“Thank you for creating a safe and joyful learning space that enables scholars to connect over our shared mission to advance educational research, and by extension, improve the state of our world.”
—Linh Dang, Warner PhD student

“LeChase Hall has helped us to bond together as a single community, with a shared mission and a real sense of belonging.”
—Christopher Penders, Marketing Specialist, Warner School of Education

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“I am grateful for LeChase Hall and how it has benefited my experience, education, and progress at Warner. It is really impressive how the configuration of a building can have such an impact on creating a community of learners.”
—Yu Jung Han, Warner PhD student

“Not one day goes by when I am not humbled and grateful for the incredible space of LeChase Hall in which to work, teach and learn. Each of the unique features invites and nurtures different collaboration and thus, inspiration.”
—April Luehmann, Associate Professor and Director, Get Real! Science & Science STARS

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“Thank you for providing such a wonderful, inviting space for individual growth and academic pursuits. LeChase Hall has been an invaluable space for me and benefited my ability to be successful as a doctoral student.” —Nicholas Palumbo, Warner PhD student

“I love LeChase Hall! I appreciate the collaborative spaces and all the building offers, from simple things like the décor to all the amazing work it enables faculty and students to do.”

—Lisa Zeller ’12W (MS), PhD student

“LeChase Hall lends itself to the feeling that education matters, that what Warner staff and students do for the community matters.”

—Kristen Hallahan ’06, ’08W (MS), PhD student

“I am especially grateful for the great learning spaces at LeChase Hall, which have been invaluable to my work in becoming a future science teacher.”

—Kaitlin Victoria Barton is pursuing her master’s and certification in secondary science at Warner

With Great Gratitude

Thank you, Wayne. You, Beverly, and your family’s enduring commitment to the University and to the well-being of the community has built the highest quality facilities with the latest advances and careful attention to detail while creating a lasting foundation that enables hope, inspiration, and success for our community, region, and far beyond.

In honor of a son’s love for his father.

In recognition of Wayne and Beverly LeChase, and their family. Your dedication to improving lives continues a family legacy built upon a deep devotion to the value of hard work and perseverance, integrity, social responsibility, and the community.