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Old Main renovation process requires new class schedule

With the renovation of Old Main on the horizon, class schedules for the college have been revised.

During the anticipated three-year renovation of the Old Main Building, classes will start at 8 a.m. (30 minutes earlier than usual); there will be less time between classes (10 minutes instead of 15); and Fridays will be fully utilized. In addition, about one-third of night classes will be offered twice a week instead of once a week.

The adjustments have been made to accommodate the expected loss of 20 percent of the college's classroom space during the building's renovation, which is scheduled to take place from summer 2008 to spring 2011. The temporary schedule ensures that classes will be offered in the sequence needed for students to progress to their degrees in a timely manner.

Classes will be held in various buildings across campus, including South Classroom Building - most of which will already be utilized as faculty offices. According to Provost David Lavallee, the college looked into renting or building alternative classroom space, but the option was not economically or operationally feasible.

The $27.5 million Old Main renovation will modernize classroom space, reconfigure staff and faculty offices, install all new mechanical, electrical and communication systems and bring the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Last year, State Sen. John Bonacic (R, I, C-Mount Hope) and state Assemblymember Kevin Cahill '77 (D-Ulster) secured $13 million for the renovation. This year they helped New Paltz acquire an additional $10.7 million for the project.

The building, which was constructed in 1908, last underwent a significant renovation in the 1950s.