New beginning for Old Main
State Sen. John Bonacic (R,I,C-Mount Hope) and state Assembly member Kevin Cahill ’77 (D-Ulster, Dutchess) recently toured Old Main Building, which is scheduled to undergo a complete renovation beginning in the summer of 2008.
Last summer, Bonacic and Cahill secured $3 million – on top of the $10 million they had already garnered – for the renovation. The building was constructed in 1908 and last underwent a significant renovation in the 1950s.
This fall, the college selected Hall Partnership Architects in New York City, the same consultant as was selected for the van den Berg Hall renovation. A committee was formed to gather information and facilitate open meetings to guide in the planning process.
Last week, the committee held a kick-off meeting with the architect where it was determined that the building would have to be vacant for the majority of the project in order to redo the structure’s mechanical systems. The committee is researching options to provide temporary office and classroom space for current occupants.
The renovation of Old Main will enable the college to modernize classroom space, reconfigure staff and faculty offices, install all new mechanical, electrical and communication systems and bring Old Main into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The total estimated cost for the project is $25 million.
October 23, 2006
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