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Campus prepares for summer construction

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Summer construction includes the continued excavation of the campus's high-temperature, hot-water piping (seen here by Hasbrouck Complex).

As the college begins building for the future, John Shupe, assistant vice president for facilities management, said his staff will ensure that the impact to those on campus will be minimal.

The Old Main Building renovation, Student Union Building Addition and the continued installation of a new high-temperature, hot-water system will have the most visible impacts on the campus this summer, Shupe said. In addition to fencing off all construction areas, safe pathways and entrances to all buildings will be provided and maintained. Providing up-to-date, detailed information to the campus community is also central to the college's communication efforts.

"We will strive to maintain a pleasant and safe campus environment," he said.

Construction fences will be erected around Old Main immediately following commencement. All occupants of the building after July 7. Shupe said construction will be in full swing by the end of July.

Meanwhile, the replacement of the campus's high-temperature, hot-water lines, which began last year, continues this summer with Phases II and III. Shupe said this summer there will be 9,000 linear feet of pipe trench excavations running across campus.

Beginning in May, the excavation for Phase II piping will go from Bliss Hall to Parker Theatre, as well as by the Sojourner Truth Library, Lecture Center and the Coykendall Science Building. Shupe said the project is expected to be completed by the fall. Phase III, which also begins this summer, will stretch from Scudder Hall to Bouton Hall, as well as between the Humanities Building and the Jacobson Faculty Tower. The final phase is scheduled to be complete in 2009.

Meanwhile, the installation of cooling systems in the Lecture Center, Humanities and the JFT continues. As a result, the tower will be empty during the summer to allow for the installation of new fan coil units.

In addition, work will begin on three crosswalks on Route 32. Shupe said the two existing crosswalks (by the Haggerty Administration Building and Hopfer Admissions and Alumni Center) will be made handicap-accessible and a new, accessible crosswalk will be created near the Hasbrouck Complex.

Other projects taking place this summer include renovations to the van den Berg Annex Auditorium; installation of card-access systems to Smiley Arts Building, Fine Arts Building and the Old Library; and the renovation of Elting Gym room 101.

There will also be upgrades to many residence halls on campus, including new sprinklers in Scudder and Bouton halls; new windows in Capen, DuBois and LeFevre halls; renovated interiors in Bliss, Capen and Scudder halls; and renovated kitchenettes in Bliss, Bouton, Capen, College and Scudder halls.

At the end of the busy summer, the campus community will gear up for another large-scale project as construction of the Student Union Building’s addition is scheduled to start in October. The value of the major campus improvements will be approximately $50 million with an additional $150 million scheduled to take place in the next five years.

"We are excited and ready to help make New Paltz, the Hottest State School in America, even hotter with the improvements planned for the the campus," said Shupe.

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