OUTSTANDING DESIGN: The unique design of the Student Union Building's addition (seen here in an artist's rendering) will reflect the Shawangunk Mountains ridgeline.
The planned addition to the Student Union Building will reflect the college's commitment to meeting students' needs and to the environment.
The Student Union Building Advisory Committee, led by Vice President for Student Affairs David Rooney, played a key role in directing the design elements of the project.
The group of faculty, staff and students met monthly from December 2006 until May 2007. The committee included staff members David Farbaniec (Procurement), Yolanda Howell (Procurement), Sue O'Driscoll (Student Activities and Union Services), Portia Altman (Disability Resource Center) and faculty members John VanderLippe (History) and Brian Obach (Sociology). Students Brian Gold '08 (International Relations), Sarah Worob '09 (Political Science), Brittany Carrington '11 (Undeclared), Sarah Elswit '09 (Psychology), Carmen Mojica '09 (Black Studies, Communication), Marigo Farr ' 09 (Contract), Sean Brown '08 (Psychology), Chris Utzig '08 (Philosophy, Sociology) and Jessica Coleman '09 (Black Studies) also served on the committee.
The addition's design, created by IKON.5 Architects, has already won an award from the American Institute of Architects.
"It will be a diamond carved between the rough," John McEnrue, director of Facilties Design and Construction, said of the building's design.
The addition will be the most environmentally friendly project the campus has seen.
In addition to having low/zero-impact mechanical and electrical support systems, the building will be equipped throughout with sustainable finishes, including recycled glass in the concrete flooring and a glaze on the exterior glass to help reduce heat gain.
In keeping with the Facilities Design and Construction Department's adherence to energy efficient and sustainable design practices in all its building and site designs, the Student Union Building will utilize a number of sustainable practices, such as building on a previously developed site to maximize open space on campus and developing a waste-management plan to recycle or salvage 50 percent of construction demolition.
The groundbreaking for the approximately $10 million project is scheduled for August 2008. The expansion is expected to be completed by January 2010.