The recently adopted 2008-09
state budget includes $69.5 million for a new science building at SUNY Oswego.
The strategic initiative funding supports the third phase of improvements to
the college's 1960s-era science facilities.
The entire project
essentially reconstructs Piez Hall and adds new construction around it to
transform the 46-year-old building into a 262,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art
science facility that would house the college's existing biological sciences,
chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, physics and math departments, plus
new programs in engineering.
The facility will be built
to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Silver standard
in line with SUNY Oswego's commitment to sustainable environmental practices.
The $69.5 million allocation will support construction of 132,000 square feet
of the final project. This new laboratory space is expected to front the
existing Piez Hall on Takamine
"The strategic initiative funding is wonderful news for our campus. We are
already well under way and this will keep us moving forward," college
President Deborah F. Stanley said.
"The final, consolidated science, math and engineering facility will
showcase these disciplines on our campus and allow us to attract more
high-performing students, recruit top-notch faculty members and produce
well-prepared graduates who can put their learning to work in businesses and
industries in the region," she said.
"This project will pay dividends for many decades into the future, and
we're grateful that the state Legislature and governor have had the foresight
to make this investment," the president said.
Two years ago SUNY Oswego received $25.4 million in state funds to begin
renovating its science facilities. Cannon Design architectural firm,
headquartered in Buffalo,
was recently retained to begin design for this first phase of the project,
which will be a 50,000-square-foot addition to the 80,000-square-foot Piez
Hall. Groundbreaking for that phase is scheduled for summer 2009.
Cannon Design is currently working on SUNY Buffalo's science building and
previously designed Yale University's graduate chemistry research facility as
well as Boston University's life science and engineering building, according to
Tom Simmonds '84, M '88, Oswego's
director of facilities design and construction.
In addition to the strategic initiative funding, the new state budget includes
several million dollars in critical maintenance funding for the rehabilitation
of Piez Hall itself. The science building project's total cost is estimated at
$110 million to $120 million.
science and math departments are now in Snygg Hall, which dates from 1968, and
Piez, which was finished in 1962. Neither building has undergone significant
renovation since its construction.
The college's science faculty have been planning for upgraded facilities and
working together on interdisciplinary initiatives since 2000. Their successful
initiatives have included a degree program in biochemistry, creation of the
Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics
Center, the Science Today
lecture series and a proposal to add a new degree program in software
engineering. Discussions are under way to propose new programs in computer and
electrical engineering as well.
- Julie Harrison Blissert
Planning for extensive improvements to SUNY
Oswego's science facilities so far has produced this conceptual rendering of
the $69.5 million addition to Piez Hall, which would sit on what is now Takamine Street on
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