SUNY College at Brockport building new $21 million residence hall

Courtesy of The College at Brockport: This rendering shows the four-story residence hall planned for The College at Brockport.

Posted 24 March 2017 at 4:04 pm

Photos courtesy of The College at Brockport: Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul attended an event at The College at Brockport to announce the new residence hall.

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

BROCKPORT – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the construction of a new, $21 million, 256-bed residence hall at SUNY College at Brockport.

Under the design-build method, both design and construction services are provided through a single contract to help expedite projects and provide savings. The project is financed through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York’s SUNY Dormitory Facilities Program and is being built by DASNY. Ground is expected to break in May 2017 and the project is scheduled for completion in summer 2018.

“The construction of this new residence hall at SUNY College at Brockport is another example of this administration’s commitment to investing in modernizing and updating our colleges and universities across New York,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “Keeping our university campuses competitive and up-to-date is vital to ensuring we attract the best and brightest to lead New York into the future.”

The residence hall will be constructed using an innovative panelized construction system that allows wall components of the four-story building to be built in an off-site factory at the same time site work and foundations are being prepared. The building will be steel construction with concrete floors. It will have fire-safety features, including full sprinkler and fire alarms systems, as well as state-of-the-art security systems and card access throughout.

The spaces in the building will be built to foster student learning and collaborative study, including a smart classroom, multi-purpose room, and other features to enhance student interaction. The new 256-bed residence hall on the campus near Rochester will be designed and constructed to LEED-Silver standards under the U.S. Green Building Council’s sustainability and energy efficiency guidelines.

“SUNY College at Brockport’s new state-of-the-art dorm will house 256 students in residences equipped with the latest security and energy-efficiency features, including a smart classroom,” said Lieutenant Governor Hochul during the announcement of the contract awarded today at the college. “Using the design-build strategy to construct the new residence building will translate into a streamlined timeline and budget. As the foundation is being laid, the rest of the building will be rising at another site, ready to be put in place when the ground work is done.”

College at Brockport President Heidi Macpherson speaks during today’s announcement for the new residence hall, which is expected to be ready by the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

The design-build method uses a procurement process that factors in both quality and cost, and ensures that the State’s MWBE participation goals are fulfilled. Governor Cuomo implemented design-build for the $3.98 billion project to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River. The “New NY Bridge” project will form the centerpiece of the region’s transportation system, remains on budget, and scheduled to open in 2018.

Gerrard P. Bushell, DASNY President & CEO said, “For New York State to continue to win the competition for the world’s best minds, we must ensure our campuses have best-in-class living and learning facilities. Design-build’s speed and efficiency enables DASNY to better provide SUNY Brockport and its students with an attractive place to live and learn while lowering housing costs for students in the SUNY system.”

The College at Brockport President Heidi Macpherson said, “We’re proud to be the first campus in recent memory in the SUNY system to team up with DASNY on a design/build and panelized construction project. Doing so allows us to provide our students with a high quality, affordable residence hall and continue to make The College at Brockport a great place for our students to live and learn.”

Contractors for this project include Purcell Construction Corp. and Mach Architecture.

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