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Oct. 8, 2003


CAMPUS CENTER GROUND BREAKING SET OCT. 17

    OSWEGO -- Members of the community are invited to see the beginnings of the first new building on the SUNY Oswego campus in more than 30 years during a ground breaking for the Campus Center at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17.

    The 111,492-square-foot building, which is expected to cost around $25.5 million, will include a convocation center/ice rink, food court, retail kiosks, meeting rooms and student activities areas.    The ceremony will take place on the site where the building will rise, between Swetman Hall and Penfield Library.

    "Combined with this fall's reopening of two renovated buildings -- Rich Hall as the new home of the School of Business and Johnson Hall housing the First-Year Residential Experience -- and the pending opening of a new cafe in Penfield Library, the ground breaking represents another cornerstone in SUNY Oswego's spirit of renewal," President Deborah F. Stanley said.

    Over the life of the project, more than 750 jobs will be created or supported, directly or indirectly, officials said.

    The convocation center/ice rink will feature permanent seating for 2,500 people, with the flexibility to accommodate up to 4,000 for special ceremonies such as the annual commencement in May.

    The majority of the funding will come from a member item furnished by state Sen. James W. Wright and the SUNY Construction Fund. Several million dollars in private donations will help fund the project.

    The architect for the Campus Center is Cannon Design.
   
    Students, faculty, staff, representatives of student organizations that will utilize the space, government officials, and members of the local community are among those expected to attend the ground breaking.

    Renderings of the future Campus Center will be on view, and light refreshments will follow the ceremony.

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