Sneak Preview of Campus Center Progress
Campus Center, rendering of the E-TEC building, and the interior west lobby/student lounge planned for the old Business Administration building ("Building 27").
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 24, 2017) – Curious about the status of current construction projects on campus?
Find out more at one of three upcoming sessions that will be given by Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration John Giarrusso.
These annual presentations, each followed by a question and answer period, will be:
• Wednesday, April 26, 12-1 p.m. in the Campus Center Assembly Hall.
• Thursday, April 27, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Husted Amphitheater (Husted 106A), Downtown Campus.
• Tuesday, May 2, 12-1 p.m., Campus Center Assembly Hall.
Giarrusso plans to give an update on the Campus Center project, to discuss the schedule and plans for the renovation of the old Business Administration building (“Building 27”), and the design of and schedule for the new E-TEC building, among many other capital project planning and construction jobs, including residence hall work and energy efficiency projects.
“We provide these updates every spring to both inform the University community of near term work and also discuss long-term planning,” Giarrusso said. “It’s also a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the outstanding talents and efforts of our Facilities team.”
Giarrusso will provide photos of the current state of construction on the Campus Center West project and related renovations to the main Campus Center and will give an update on the anticipated opening date.
The redesigned Campus Center spaces will include new dining options, including 10 new food venues and a fully renovated kitchen area, with seating areas scattered through a great hall that incorporates details from the historic 1960s design with modern architectural features.
The 55,000-square-foot West addition will house glassed-in meeting rooms, Student Involvement and Student Association office suites, student group resource spaces and lounges, as well as a Starbucks coffee shop in the new gateway corridor.
Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex
Of the $500 million in projects under way, some $180 million is earmarked for the new E-TEC building, to be constructed on 12 acres in the southwest corner of the Harriman Campus, a location that is under the jurisdiction of the University and will be incorporated into the larger Uptown Campus. Construction has begun, and the project is in the first phase of development. The building’s expected occupancy date is late 2020.
E-TEC will house the new College of Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness and Cybersecurity. It will also become home to the Department of Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences, the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, the Department of Physics, portions of Chemistry, and the business development functions of the Division for Research’s technology transfer function. In the entrepreneurship realm, moving in will be the Small Business Development Center, with business development classrooms and conferencing.
Building 27 (formerly the Business Administration Building)
The renovation of Building 27 is expected to begin by the end of the summer. When completed in early 2020, it will be the new home of the School of Education and the Department of Economics. The gut renovation will include modern instructional spaces, student lounge areas, and upgraded, energy efficient building systems.
Building 25 (The old Health Center)
In June, Building 25 will be open for occupancy, becoming the home of the departments of Economics and Africana Studies, with additional classroom space. Both departments are moving out of Building 27 to enable its renovation (with Economics returning there in 2020).
Similar to the plans for Building 27, Building 25 will include classroom and lounge space, modern systems, and an upgraded pedestrian path and landscaping plan.
Adjacent to Building 25 is a new structure that will provide a permanent site for the Parking and Mass Transit Services offices, currently in the trailers behind Physics/Chemistry.
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