Governor Cuomo Announces New $21 Million Residence Hall at SUNY College at Brockport

Design Build Method Expected to Expedite Delivery and Create Cost Savings for SUNY College at Brockport

(March 24, 2017) - 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 DASNY’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. "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 SUNY Brockport.  "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."

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."

Village of Brockport Mayor Margay Blackman said, "This new College at Brockport residence hall is an exciting project, from the design-build method of construction which will have it completed by the start of the 2018-19 academic year, to its green and sustainable features, and the state of the art accommodations it will provide to students."

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


Founded in 1944, DASNY – the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York – is New York State’s capital project development authority. It finances and constructs sustainable and resilient science, health and education institutions that help New York thrive. It is one of the largest issuers of tax-exempt bonds in the nation with an outstanding bond portfolio of approximately $48.7 billion as of December 31, 2016. DASNY is also a major public builder with a construction pipeline of nearly 1,000 projects valued at more than $5.8 billion as of December 31, 2016.