Produced by Anna Costanza, Heather Mezynski and Lukas Kranjc
NEW PALTZ – SUNY New Paltz students, faculty, and staff gathered in Science Hall, on Thursday, the campus’ first new building in nearly twenty years. University President, Donald P. Christian lead the ribbon cutting ceremony with help from Senator John Bonacic, and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (SUNY New Paltz, Class of ’77), project architects, contractors, and SUNY Construction Fund representatives. Funding for the $48 million project was secured with support from Senator Bonacic and Assemblymember Cahill.
Science Hall is designed with a slate exterior that pays homage to the rooftops of Historic Huguenot homes
built here in the 17th and 18th centuries. The floor of the lobby is inlaid with fossils from archaeological sites in Wyoming’s Green River Formation, which date back a bit further than the Huguenots: about 50 million years. The building is constructed to LEED Silver Certification standards for sustainable design and construction from the U.S. Green Building Council.
SUNY New Paltz aims to use Science Hall to accommodate STEM education. STEM education focuses on studies based in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. There is a growing need for STEM students in the current work force, and SUNY New Paltz is creating an environment to help students in these specific fields succeed by providing new state of the art facilities, and resources.
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