PSU starts work on Kent Hall

KAYLA BREEN/STAFF PHOTOWorkers begin renovation work to Kent Hall, the eleventh dormitory on campus to get upgrades, at SUNY Plattsburgh. Kent’s renovation began once students left campus in May. Construction is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2020 fall semester.

PLATTSBURGH — SUNY Plattsburgh’s Kent Hall remodel is officially underway.

Construction to renovate the Rugar Street residence hall away from its traditional dormitory layout began in May.

The hall’s new look will be more appealing to upperclassmen, a SUNY Plattsburgh news release says.

In place of double-occupancy rooms and shared hallway restrooms, the release says, Kent Hall will feature suite-style living quarters “with two double-occupancy bedrooms, a private bathroom and a shared-living space.”

Expected completion of the project is fall 2020.

NEXT IN LINE

In recent years, SUNY Plattsburgh has been continuously updating its campus residence halls.

Macomb Hall finished up renovations in fall 2018, adding Student Support Services and Educational Opportunity Program offices, new bathrooms and energy-saving initiatives.

Work began on Whiteface Hall earlier that year and is expected to house students again starting fall 2019.

That $19 million project was to include a new card-access entrance on Rugar Street, stairway access to basement recreation and lounge areas and the renovation of Housing and Residence Life office space, soon to become Campus Housing and Community Living, the release says.

“Kent and Whiteface brought the count of residence hall renovations to 10 out of the 12 halls on campus,” the release says. “Once Kent is complete, the college will assess needs at the two remaining buildings: Adirondack and Banks halls.”

In the release, SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling said the university’s partnership with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York is critical “enabling us to update our residence hall facilities on a consistent, cyclical basis.”

LESS ENERGY

For Kent Hall, Ettling continued, students will have more options with updated facilities and energy efficiencies.

According to a SUNY and DASNY news release, Kent Hall’s energy efficiencies are expected to drop its overall usage by 44 percent.

“New insulation and high-performance windows will be installed to ensure optimal energy performance,” that release says.

“Other sustainable elements include connecting a new high-efficient heating system and an upgraded ventilation system that uses energy recovery technology.

“The building’s design also supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Johnson’s energy savings goals to cut emissions and reduce energy costs, while enhancing the quality of life for students.”

OPTIMAL LIVING

Included in Kent Hall renovations, the release says, each student room will be air-conditioned and a lower-level, full-service cafe is also in the design.

That eatery will feature indoor seating options, as well as dining areas lining the banks of the Saranac River.

“The project also includes a renovation of all bathrooms in nearby Harrington Hall,” the university release says.

“Projects like Kent Hall are the heart of the DASNY/SUNY 50-year plus partnership,” DASNY President & CEO Dr. Gerrard P Bushell said in the SUNY-DASNY press release.

“We are thrilled to unite with SUNY to provide optimal living and learning environments for today’s students – doing our part to ensure the success of tomorrow’s leaders.”

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