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August 22, 2013

New PSU building to host fall classes

PLATTSBURGH — After nearly two years of construction, SUNY Plattsburgh’s newest academic building will be up and running just in time for the start of the upcoming semester.

The 43,479-square-foot structure is home to the college’s School of Business and Economics and computer-science program, previously housed in Redcay Hall.

Located on the corner of Draper Avenue and Cornelia Street, its front faces Beekman Street.

Funded by the SUNY Construction Fund’s five-year plan, the $14.2 million project was originally scheduled to be completed in fall 2012, with the building in use during the spring 2013 semester. 

Due to a series of construction-related delays, however, the first classes are now scheduled to take place there next week.

EXTENSIVE LAB

Though the project’s contractor, Pike Construction, was still doing finishing work on the first floor of the three-story structure this week, it is expected to turn the area over to the college on Friday.

The second and third floors of the building, which house office space, are complete and have been occupied by business and and computer-science faculty since last month.

Academic spaces, located on the first floor, include one 48-seat classroom, one 20-to-25-seat classroom and one 63-seat Caseroom.

“All of the classrooms are smart classrooms,” said Assistant Dean of Business and Economics Tara Studley.

The Caseroom, which features tiered seating intended to encourage interaction among students, movable whiteboards and video-conferencing technology, is the only one that will not be online this fall, as it is still under construction.

Also located on the first floor are the Peterson Accounting Lab, featuring 40 desktop-computer stations; a lab for computer-science students, complete with 30 laptop computers; and a lab for management and information-systems classes, featuring 30 desktop computer stations.

STUDENT COMMONS

The building’s main entrance, located on the first floor, opens into a lobby marked by a large, domed skylight.

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