This semester marks the reopening of Riggs Residence Hall and Lakeside
Dining Hall after a period of renovation, and the student reception of the new
facilities is overwhelmingly positive.
The renovations to Riggs Hall cost $13 million to complete over a
construction period of two years, while Lakeside Dining Hall renovations
tallied about $7.2 million with a construction time of a year and a half,
according to Director of Facilities Design and Construction Tom Simmonds
’84, M ’88. The projects were done through the Dormitory Authority of the
State of New York.
Riggs Hall has spacious rooms, large windows providing a spectacular view of
Lake Ontario, and several lounges and common areas for students to gather for
study or fun.
"It’s colorful, it’s new, it’s got a lot of gathering space and it takes
advantage of the views of the lake," said Simmonds.
Freshman roommates Lindsay Norton ’11, a zoology major, and
Colleen Czajak ’11, an adolescent education major, are thrilled with
their new home in Riggs Hall.
Czajak was impressed with how welcoming the building was. "There are lots of
places to hang out, including one room that has a fireplace. It’s great to meet
new people, especially the upperclassmen, who have been so helpful," she
"We have a lot of room and the building still smells like fresh paint,” said
Norton. “It’s pretty cool knowing that we are the first ones who get to sleep
in these rooms."
Norton commented on how peaceful it is living so close to the lake. "The
other night we and some friends took candles out and sat on the rocks by the
lake. It was beautiful."
While Riggs Hall is proving to be a comfortable setting for freshmen to ease
their way into college, upperclassmen are taking advantage of the refurbished
building as well.
Amanda Kristina Acobes ’08, a theater major, moved from Onondaga to
Riggs Hall this year. "I think that it’s a really beautiful building, and that
this renovation, along with all of the other campus building face-lifts, really
gives the campus a fresher look."
Perhaps one of the best things about living in Riggs Hall is that it is
connected to the renovated Lakeside Dining Hall. The new dining hall features
modern designs, a bright, clean atmosphere and a view like none other.
Windows span the entire north wall from floor to ceiling, providing the
perfect setting to enjoy a meal. The sitting area is reminiscent of a café,
featuring round tables and booths ideal for large groups, and smaller tall
tables and chairs, perfect for a quiet meal for two.
Funky lights and geometric designs hang from the ceiling, while hues of
green and tan mimic the natural setting viewed through the windows.
The most unique thing about Lakeside Dining Hall is the serving style.
Rather than having students go through one line to select their meal, they
instead receive their food in stations. The center of the serving area is a
large oval structure, including a salad bar, fresh fruit, soups and desserts.
Other stations surrounding the circumference of the serving area include a
pasta bar, deli bar, the featured meal on the menu, and grilled and vegetarian
selections. The dining hall also features Asian cuisine as the dinner
Director of Resident Dining Craig Traub said of the facility, "We’re just
looking forward to the year and learning the new facility. We’re excited about
it and the customers are excited about it. We’re ready to go."
— Kristin Quinn ’08
Front Desk: At the Riggs Hall front desk are, from left, Desk Attendant
Patricia Hollister '08 and Resident Assistants Giselle Guerrero
'08 and Mike Kiley '08.
Lounge: Resident Assistants playing the video game "Guitar Hero" in the Riggs
Hall lounge are, from left, Peter Cavana '08, Megan Pilla '08 and
Giselee Guerrero '08.
Room: Breanna Dees '11 (left), a communications major from East Berne,
and Annie Hirschkorn '11, a biochemistry major (and hockey recruit) from
North Carolina, spend some time in their room in the recently renovated Riggs
At the salad buffet in renovated Lakeside Dining Hall are Cathleen
Richards '09, broadcasting major, and Dan Braun '09, technology
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