Construction of a new 305 bed residence hall is now underway at SUNY Canton with a completion date set for next August.
The residence hall is the second major facility slated for completion in 2011, along with the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, known as Roos House.
“About 15 years ago, we were a college with an enrollment just over 2,000 students,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Now we have more than 3,300 students and we’re still growing at an extraordinary rate. Not only are our residence halls on campus full, but we’re maxing out the available student housing in the area as well.”
The apartment-style complex, featuring 83 suites with 305 beds, is being built adjacent to the Cooper Service Complex and the University Policy facility. The residence hall will be for rising juniors and seniors and current plans include a mini-store, multi-purpose classroom and meeting space, and a large open courtyard for recreation and outdoor activities.
Crews began working in mid-June with a timeline of about 14 months – just in time for the incoming class in August 2011.
Total project costs are currently estimated at approximately $22 million for the LEED Silver Certified building. Total construction costs are $ 20,500,000. Total costs including financing are approximately $28 million.
“We’ve seen explosive growth in enrollment numbers, especially in our four-year programs, and we expect this trend will continue,” said Vice President of Advancement David M Gerlach ’83. “The addition of this new residence hall is critical as we add degree programs and welcome more four-year students to our community.”
Northland Associates of Liverpool will be heading up the project, its third simultaneous construction undertaking at SUNY Canton. They are currently working on the College’s Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center and finishing an overhaul of Nevaldine Technology Center.
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