College to celebrate campus development

Architect's rendering of future sciences facility.Members of the SUNY Oswego community and the greater Oswego community, including dignitaries from Albany, will celebrate the start of building Oswego’s new sciences facilities and the opening of the Village residential units in two events Friday, Sept. 17.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the renovations and build-out of Piez Hall will take place outside that science building at 2 p.m. that day, and a dedication ceremony for the newly occupied Village will follow at about 3:30 p.m.

Plans call for around 100 science students to take part in the ceremony outside Piez, said Kerry Dorsey, the college’s vice president for development, who is coordinating the day’s events. Some of them will present posters on research they conducted with faculty over the summer, said Dr. Kestas Bendinskas, associate professor of biochemistry.

Both the groundbreaking and dedication will be free and open to the public and involve representatives from government and the SUNY system.

Science impact

The new science complex in particular has implications for the economic welfare of the greater community. The $110 million to $120 million addition to and renovation of 48-year-old Piez Hall will entail 300 to 400 construction jobs and provide a significant stimulus to the area’s economy. Moreover, the resulting new facility will be a training ground for students of sciences, engineering and mathematics who will enrich the region’s workforce in such growing fields as health and green technology.

Both the sciences complex and Village aim for gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Townhouse living

The $40 million Village attracted 500 visitors last month during an open house before its first 348 residents moved in for fall semester, said Rick Kolenda, director of residence life and housing. The collection of townhouse apartments to the west of Glimmerglass Lagoon on the college campus is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students. It is the first new residential facility on campus in nearly four decades.

The two major capital projects are the latest in ongoing revitalization of the SUNY Oswego campus. Since the late 1990s, three residence halls, three academic buildings and portions of historic Sheldon Hall have been completely rehabilitated — resulting in new homes for the School of Business, humanities disciplines, first-year students, Admissions Office, and Global Living and Learning Center, among other programs. In addition, the Campus Center in the heart of campus opened in 2006 as the first new building in 35 years.

PHOTO CAPTION: Science future—SUNY Oswego will break ground on its new $110 million to $120 million sciences complex at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. A dedication ceremony for the newly occupied townhouse Village will follow at about 3:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. These are two examples of ongoing renewal going on at the lakeside campus.

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(Posted: Sep 12, 2010)

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