ISSUE DATE: November 29, 1999
Since last week was a short one due to the holiday, an abbreviated newsletter was created, supplying your monthly dose of construction info, provided to the Office of Administration by the offices of Facilities Operations and Facilities and Planning
- Approximately 150,000 square feet of campus roadway has been paved: the main entrance of Haggerty Administration, the Student Union tunnel, and driveways to building located on Huguenot Court. Also, the parking lot of Wooster Science has been paved and drains are now being installed. Next year's paving program will address the north-west quadrant of campus.
- The first phase of the Health Center project, asbestos abatement, is underway, to be followed by replacement of the current roof with a green synthetic one. Campus crews will then renovate the building's interior, which, when complete next December, will be the new home of the Student Psychological Counseling Center as well.
- The site for an addition to Hopfer Admissions Center has been marked off. Excavation and foundation work will begin shortly to add 1,150 square feet of office space to the building. Completion is anticipated in August 2000.
- A new sidewalk is being constructed at the McKenna Theatre lower east exit of College Theatre.
- During discussion of parking issues on campus at an October Faculty Meeting, President Roger Bowen said that 400 new spaces will be added with the new Athletic Recreation Center (construction 2001) and 35 new parking spaces will be added with the new residence hall (construction 2000). Additionally, the gravel lot behind Hopfer Admissions Center will be paved and lined, and an area for motorcycle parking will be designated to economize space.
- A groundbreaking ceremony for the 6,000-square-foot SUNY New Paltz Child Care Center was held on November 9. Goundbreakers included Former State Senator Charles Cook, who sponsored legislation that provided the project's construction funds; President Roger Bowen; and a dozen children who currently attend the Child Care Center which is located on the first floor of the van den Berg Learning Center. The contractors, Ferrari and Sons, Inc. of Poughkeepsie, have begun work, and are hoping for a mild winter. The new one-story facility to be located behind the Health Center will consist of four classrooms surrounding a lobby area, according to architect Kevin Hom of Hom & Goldman, New York City. Director Inge Kraus, who has been with the Center for 22 years, said the operation currently serves about 55 children between the ages of two and five. One parent, Casey Grant, who attended the ceremony with her three-year-old, Joey (pictured at left), said she's thrilled with SUNY New Paltz's Child Care program in which he will be enrolled next year. Her daughter, Grace, currently attends the Center, and her son Michael, now 11, had the same care providers when he was here six years ago. "I think it's a really big deal to have that kind of longevity. You don't get that in daycare," she said.
...The lecture by newspaper columnist and well-known pacifist Colman McCarthy, original scheduled for November 10, will be held on Wednesday, December 1 at 7 p.m. in Lecture Center 102.