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What’s New and Upcoming Around Our Beautiful Campuses?

College campuses are well known for being places of constant change. Buildings of all kind often undergo construction and remodeling phases, and SUNY schools are no different. This year many schools can showcase projects that are a part of the constant improvement of their grounds.

All this work pays off—many campuses boast of beautiful, innovative buildings that house great academic work done by SUNY students. Some buildings even win awards for their uniqueness. From the uniqueness of design to the efficiency of the build, new campus architecture gets the attention of everyone on and around campus.

To celebrate the spirit of advancement and renovation, we’ve reviewed some of the newest construction projects and achievements on campus over the last two years, as brought to us by the SUNY Construction Fund. Check out these facilities to find out just some of what’s new and exciting around SUNY.

Newly Awarded:



Fredonia Science and Technology Center

This 92,000 square foot building was originally designed to house the Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry and the Environmental Science and Science Education Programs at Fredonia. Later on, it also was established as home to the Departments of Computer and Information Sciences, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences and Physics.

This year, the Science and Technology Center won the 2016 Society of American Registered Architects / NY Design Award as well as the AIA NYS 2016 Excelsior Honor Award for New Construction, Public Architecture (Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, LLP)


SUNY Potsdam Performing Arts Center

This 97,000-square-foot facility, a prime venue for performing arts in New York, houses a 350-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat black box theater and a 200-seat dance performance hall. The facility has been LEED Silver certified and is now pushing for Gold. It has also been honored with a 2016 Architecture Merit Award from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. This annual competitive award recognizes the best contemporary performance spaces.

SUNY Maritime Academic Center exterior. photo copyright Jeff Goldberg / Esto

Maritime College Academic Center

This 41,500 square-foot facility provides smart classroom and high tech lecture areas for the entire SUNY Maritime campus community. It was recently awarded LEED Silver status, as well as a 2016 Excelsior Award for Public Architecture Honor Award from AIA (The American Institute of Architects) New York State.


In Progress:

Many buildings around SUNY are also still in the midst of construction, but scheduled to open in the near future. These new facilities, just a few of the many in the works, will come to house the expansion efforts of many of our campuses to grow programs that will meet the needs of our students and state.

New Paltz New Science Building (to open January 2017). This new science building will provide improved interdisciplinary teaching laboratories and classrooms for students, all designed to qualify for LEED status.

University at Stony Brook Medical and Research Translation (MART) Building and Bed Tower (to open 2020). MART will include clinical facilities for imaging, neurosciences, and cancer research along with academic classrooms and collaborative spaces for conferences and events.

Binghamton School of Pharmacy (to open 2018). The new pharmacy school will be located in a new building on a new, 8-acre health sciences campus under development in Johnson City, N.Y. The new pharmacy building will include state-of-the-art research labs; teaching labs; offices for faculty and staff; a lecture hall; and interactive classrooms that can be used for lectures, team-based learning and small-group work. Also included will be compounding, pharmaceutical care and sterile labs, mock community and hospital pharmacies as well as a state-of-the-art simulation lab.


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Written by Jenna Colozza

Jenna was a student assistant with the SUNY Office of New Media when an undergraduate student at SUNY Geneseo studying English literature.

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