Uptown Campus – Colonial G & H Residence Hall Renovation and Recreation Center

September 2021

Background \ Overview:

This project gut-renovates both Paine and Zenger Halls on Colonial Quad, residence halls in the northwest corner of the UAlbany Uptown Campus, continuing the University’s ongoing program of modernizing student housing facilities. The project creates attractive, new living spaces for students and equally important, converts what was the Colonial Quad dining and kitchen facilities into a new home for UAlbany’s recreational services.

Project Description

This project will continue the University’s commitment on environmental stewardship, targeting LEED Gold, while respecting the composition of the original Mid-Century Modern architecture of Edward D. Stone. The total project is a complete gut renovation, recreating bedroom suite configurations for student residences, but with all new windows, air conditioning, lighting and energy improvements, interior reconstruction, new furniture, and other modern upgrades. The first floor will also house a multi-purpose center for Colonial Quad, an apartment for the quad director, enhanced accessibility suites. The upper floors will comprise the student suites, as well as the study and laundry rooms. The lower level comprised of the former kitchen and dining hall and U Lounge and courtyard will house the Campus Recreation program. This space will include a spinning room, cardio space, functional fitness suite, meditation room, large room activity room, mat room and a wellness suite. The former courtyard will be enclosed with a glass pavilion to gain this program space and provide an appropriate entry to the new facility.

Project Dates:

  • Project Design – January 2019
  • Project Mobilization – Summer 2022 Anticipated
  • Project Completion – Spring 2024 Anticipated

Project Progress as of September 2021:

The project design is complete and is anticipated to bid Fall of 2021.

Project Photos \ Renderings:
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