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After 18 months of gathering input, seeking expert advice and gathering still more input, the college has created a vision of SUNY Plattsburgh of the future.
The Facilities Master Plan is a roadmap – a well-thought-out sketch of what members of the campus community would like the campus to become over the next 10 years. It is just a sketch, however. Each step along the way will need to be weighed to ensure that it is the best for the campus and its students.
The funding, if available, will come from the State University of New York Construction Fund. It is money the state has bonded and set aside specifically for construction purposes. By law, such funds can only be used for capital projects and cannot be used by the college for general operating purposes, such as running academic programs. If SUNY Plattsburgh refused these funds, they would be reallocated to another SUNY campus.
A Centralized Academic Core – The plan would move departments closer together, creating an academic core and eliminating the 20-minute walk that some students now need to take between classes. Humanities would move to a refurbished Redcay Hall. Meanwhile, Champlain Valley Hall would become home to a language and foreign study center.
Organized Clinical Space – Sibley Hall would provide easy access to clinical and conference space for members of the surrounding community. It would house the University Police; Center for Student Health and Psychological Services; clinical offerings for speech and hearing; Alzheimer’s; traumatic brain injury; neuropsychology, autism; and more. It would also remain home to the hotel, restaurant and tourism management program and Samuel D’s restaurant, as well as Third Age Adult Day Care Center and Child Care Center.
New Academic Building – The college’s computer science program and School of Business and Economics will move into a new home on the corner of Draper and Cornelia streets. Construction is expected to begin this year and to be completed in November 2012.
New Public Open Space – A new, green, public space would provide a recreational corridor from Amitié Plaza to the Saranac River and improve pedestrian safety throughout campus.
Improved Athletic Facilities – Memorial Hall would be renovated to include expanded fitness facilities and create new classroom space for fitness education. Construction of new offices for coaches would consolidate all intercollegiate athletic programs at the Field House.
New Black Box Theater Space – A new black box theater would be constructed on the Amitié Plaza side of the Myers Fine Arts Building.
New Learning and Study Commons – An improved study space in Hawkins Hall would feature expanded food service and a terrace overlooking Hawkins Pond while new learning commons in Feinberg Library and Angell College Center would create additional collaborative learning opportunities for students.
Parking – The college’s service buildings (with the exception of the Central Heating Plant) would be relocated to a site behind Sibley Hall to allow for additional student parking close to the center of campus.
New Homes for Music, the Museum and Special Collections – Yokum would offer refurbished space for communication and journalism. Rooms would also be renovated to house the music program, and an addition would house the Plattsburgh State Art Museum and Special Collections.
For more information about SUNY Plattsburgh's Facilities Master Plan, please contact:
Diana LaPorte, Associate V.P. for Administration
Office: Kehoe 711
Phone: (518) 564-2539