Campus Center Expansion

August 2017

Background \ Overview:

The University has recently opened the Campus Center Expansion to the campus body for the fall 2017 semester. The newely constructed space includes the renovation of approximately 46,000 square feet of the existing Campus Center, and construction of approximately 76,000 square feet of new space. The east addition portion of the project has been available to the campus body since the fall 2015 semester. The west addition, (with the exception of the Auditorium) and the renovation portion of the project will welcome the start of fall 2018 semester. The Auditorium located within the west addition will be completed during the winter of 2018. The primary goals of the Campus Center Expansion project were to ‘right-size’ the building and student union facilities for the University’s current enrollment and program needs as well as renovate portions of the existing building to modern standards. Key components of the University’s approach to expanding and renovating the Campus Center included:

  • Creating spaces and an environment for out-of-the classroom learning and collaboration opportunities
  • Providing spaces and places that create a focal point for student leadership and engagement
  • Enhancing the facilities as the University’s central hub for food, fun and entertainment
  • Promoting personal wellness
  • Expanding recreation activities
  • Allowing for late night programming

What's inside:

Below is a list of just some of the spaces which the Campus Center Expansion project is providing.

The “West addition” is a 55,000 square foot addition which includes:

  • 400 seat multi-use auditorium (completion planned for winter 2018
  • Multi-use conference and rehearsal room
  • Student group office suites
  • Starbucks Coffee venue
  • Meditation room
  • Aerobic, Dance, and recreational Studio
  • Student group resource spaces
  • Miscellaneous lounges and meeting rooms

The “East addition” is a 21,000 square foot addition that features:

  • A double height dining room with five associated market style food service venues
  • Sub-basement catering kitchen
  • Service tunnel and loading dock
  • Below grade storage space for the Campus Center bookstore
  • Improved functionality of retail services by removing deliveries and trash removal from public areas

The Renovation portion of the project includes 46,000 square foot of renovated space within the existing Campus Center.

  • Renovations will feature ten market style food service venues, such as;
    • Salad made to order
    • Sushi
    • Greek
    • Asian cuisine
    • New York style Deli
    • More detail on dining can be found at here: http://www.albany.edu/uas/
  • Gut renovation of the existing “main” kitchen within the historically significant 1960’s Campus Center
  • Monumental stair and bridge will replace the existing stair which currently leads from the Podium level to the dining level below.
  • Lounge spaces
  • Meeting rooms
  • Dining seating areas
  • Offices

Site work for the project includes,

  • Landscaping surrounding the West Addition with rain gardens
  • Renovation of the existing bus drop off area near the Science Library
  • The East Addition site work will feature an outdoor green space and areas associated with construction of the loading dock and site utility installations
  • The Central Courtyard (the Hedy Schwartz Bagatelle Courtyard) will be renovated, addressing upgrade needs in the Parents Fountain and improving landscaping and seating

The University has designed this building to target LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council, a measure of sustainability and green features of building design, construction, and operations. Green features include:

  • Maximization of daylight to reduce lighting needs
  • Automatic daylight responsive lighting controls
  • “Green roof” for stormwater and heating/cooling improvements
  • Roof mounted photo-voltaic (solar) panels
  • Permeable pavement
  • Rain gardens for stormwater control

Project Schedule \ Timelines:

  • East Addition – occupancy Fall 2015
  • West Addition except Auditorium – occupancy Summer 2017
  • Campus Center Renovation – occupancy Summer 2017
  • West Addition Auditorium - occupancy Summer 2018

Questions \ Comments \ Contact:

Please contact Brad Bunzey or Dave LaComb at 442-3400 in Facilities.

Project Photos \ Renderings:

Existing featured project photos & renderings to remain
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