Contract approved; construction phase draws near
The New York State Attorney General’s Office and the Office of the State Comptroller have blessed the Student Union Building expansion contract and work on the project is expected to begin at the end of the month.
“The hard work of students, faculty and staff who were all part of the planning and contracting has paid off,” said L. David Rooney, vice pre
sident for student affairs and chair of the Student Union Building Advisory Committee. “We are about to enter the construction phase that we have all been anxiously waiting for. Once completed, the new space will add so much to the functionality of a vital campus hub.”
Representatives from Niram Inc. of Boonton, N.J., the general contractor, visited the campus on Nov. 11 to walk through the building with members of Facilities Design and Construction to determine where and when they can start work. Niram will return the week of Nov. 17 to discuss a schedule.
Garry Nack, project manager for Facilities Design and Construction, said work on the project will begin in the Purple Lounge on the building’s second floor. The space will be renovated into office space for Student Activities and Union Services and the Disability Resource Center. Once the staff has been relocated, work will begin on the north side of the building, nearest the Haggerty Administration Building.
John McEnrue, director of Facilities Design and Construction, said the project should take 16 months to complete.
Meanwhile, changes made in preparation for the project can be seen on campus. The most visible is the Backstage Café in Parker Theatre, which is scheduled to open on Nov. 20, providing the campus community with another dining option when Jazzman’s in the Student Union Building closes. In September, the ID/Meal Plan office was relocated from the Haggerty Administration Building’s basement to Student Union Building room 100.
A ground breaking ceremony and construction schedule will be announced soon.
For more information about the project, visit www.newpaltz.edu/construction.