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Master Plan for Hudson Valley Community College Moving Forward; Includes New Building on Campus

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, February 5, 2002

A new administration and academic services building and major renovations to the college's Siek Campus Center are on tap as Hudson Valley Community College continues to move forward with its campus-wide master plan.

Architecture +, a Troy-based architectural firm, has been retained by the college to begin preliminary design work on Phase I of the new master plan, which calls for the development of a 30,000-square-foot academic/administrative services building on land between the Siek Campus Center, Bulmer Telecommunications Center and the Guenther Enrollment Services Center. The building would house classroom and computer access labs, as well as administrative and academic offices currently located in the Hy Rosenblum Administration Building.

"The new building will help create a true central quad that will run through the heart of the campus," said President John Buono. "Students will be drawn to this open space as a place to study and enjoy each other's company. Architecture + was very successful in realizing our plans for the Guenther renovation. I am confident they will prove equally up to this task."

The master plan includes both long- and short-term goals. \"The master plan document provides a carefully mapped-out blueprint for where we need to be, five and 10 years down the road and beyond,\" said President Buono. \"If we are to continue to provide the top-notch, technologically-current education our students expect, we need to set a path and follow it.\"

Phase I of the new master plan includes projects set to be completed through 2006. Work on the new academic/administrative services building is scheduled to begin in April 2003.

Also included in the Phase I plans are:

  • renovations to the Siek Campus Center that will update and centralize student development services offices, such as the counseling, placement, career planning, Educational Opportunity Program and Disability Resource Center offices.
  • expansion of the campus bookstore and food service facilities for students, both located in the Siek Campus Center.
  • creation of a loop road that circles the campus and the removal of Center Drive, the college\'s center entrance.
  • renovations to Cogan Hall, Amstuz Hall, Higbee Hall, Lang Hall, Williams Hall, Hudson Hall and the McDonough Sports Complex.

The total cost for Phase I projects is estimated at $23.1 million. The estimated cost for the new academic/administrative services building will be $7.5 million, and the estimated cost for the extensive renovations to the Siek Campus Center is set at $5.6 million.

The Rensselaer County Legislature has approved the master plan concept, and also gave the go-ahead for $1 million in funding for the first year. The funds will cover planning and architectural expenses for the new building and the campus center renovations. Of the $1 million, 50 percent will come from New York State and 50 percent will come from a combination of county funds and college parking fees.

The master plan also outlines projects for mid- and long-term goals, which include renovations at several other campus buildings and expanded parking. Long-term plans, scheduled to begin after 2012, include two new academic buildings and a new facility for the college\'s Physical Plant and Central Receiving departments.

With major renovations to one of its main buildings near completion, Hudson Valley Community College recently wrapped up several projects that were part of an original facilities master plan, established in 1995.

Recently completed work included in the college's master plan included renovations to Guenther Hall, (now called the Guenther Enrollment Services Center) which sits at the center of the main campus. The building houses all of the major student service offices, including registrar, financial aid, cashier, admissions and continuing education, as well as the office of the president and several other senior staff members. The renovation of the building, named for the college\'s first president, Otto Guenther, was the last major project of the 1995 master plan.

Other projects included in the 1995 master plan included: Renovations to Marvin Library and Brahan, Fitzgibbons and Amstuz halls; expansion of the North Drive access road and parking lot; relocation of the Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology department to Williams Hall; and relocation of the Computer Center to Higbee Hall.

\"Much of this work focuses on making the best possible use of the space we have,\" said Buono. \"We attempt to anticipate where the needs will be and be ready for them.\"

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunities Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.