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July 31, 2009

Plattsburgh State breaks ground

Ceremony starts $37M addition, renovation project

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State broke ground Friday on its first new building in 35 years.

The $37 million Hudson Hall renovation project will create an Earth-friendly, state-of-the-art teaching and research facility.

"This enhances the sciences at SUNY Plattsburgh," university President Dr. John Ettling said at the groundbreaking, which was moved inside Hawkins Hall because of rain. "That is what this new building is about."

The construction is scheduled for completion in spring 2011.

ENVIRONMENT IN MIND

The project will be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standards, with Phase 1 resulting in an addition to Hudson Hall.

Phase 2 will include renovations to the existing Hudson Hall.

The State University of New York's five-year capital budget funded the project, which will result in expanded opportunities for students, especially in the sciences.

The addition will include 27,000 square feet of new laboratories with super-efficient hood and ventilation systems.

The new system could cut energy costs by a third and represents a significant change in the learning environment by allowing faculty more flexibility in teaching. It will also more effectively facilitate student experiments.

"Students will be educated in a facility that will be comparable to what they will find in a career in the sciences," said Dr. Tim Mihuc, director of the Lake Champlain Research Institute.

The building itself will be used as a teaching tool with displays that educate students about green practices.

NEW POSSIBILITIES

"This new state-of-the-art teaching and research addition will allow us to continue the tradition that was started decades ago by science faculty whose names, like Hudson, now appear on the buildings around campus," Dr. Ed Miller, chair of the Chemistry Department, said in a press release.

"I am truly excited about the new possibilities that will be opened to the faculty and students."

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