DASNY and SUNY Partner on More Than $31 Million in Facility Upgrades Across the State
Albany, NY – Gerrard P. Bushell, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), announced today that $1.1 million in upgrades have been completed at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Utica campus and $820,000 in upgrades have been completed at SUNY Oneonta. The work is part of approximately $31 million in upgrades to SUNY campuses throughout New York State that was completed by DASNY during the summer months – ready in time for students to begin the fall semester.
The projects were financed through DASNY's SUNY Dormitory Facilities Program, which issues low-cost, tax-exempt bonds supported by student residence hall fees.
“DASNY is proud to partner with SUNY and deliver renovations that will ensure students have a safe and comfortable environment in which to live, learn and grow,” said Dr. Bushell. "By modernizing facilities, we build strong foundations for our next generation of leaders to learn and innovate, as well as provide an economic boost to the State.”
At SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Adirondack Hall in Utica, the second phase of bathroom upgrades included a complete remodel of 32 bathrooms, which included the installation of new toilets, vanities, fixtures, ceramic tiles and finishes. Phase One of this remodel consisted of 68-bathroom improvements.
At SUNY Oneonta improvements included WiFi upgrades in Golding, Higgins, and Littell Halls, so students will no longer have to rely on hardwire connections to the campus network.
SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said, “With 40 percent of state buildings under our ownership, SUNY has a significant footprint in New York State, and therefore a sizeable opportunity to build on energy sustainability. We are thankful for DASNY’s partnership to retrofit our facilities to be more energy efficient, while at the same time providing a safe and healthy environment for our students.”
SUNY Polytechnic Institute Interim President Dr. Grace Wang said, “As SUNY Poly maintains a vibrant campus in Utica, it is imperative for our institution to keep its infrastructure up to date, and we are thankful to the Dormitory Authority for their work, which helps to provide our students with the best housing possible. Alongside our top-tier faculty and growing academic programs, our buildings are critical in our mission to enhance the quality of student life and provide our students with exciting educational experiences."
You can view photos of the work, on DASNY's Flickr page.