Office of Public Affairs
Oct. 8, 2003
CAMPUS CENTER GROUND BREAKING SET OCT. 17
OSWEGO -- Members of the community are invited to
see the beginnings of the first new building on the SUNY Oswego campus
in more than 30 years during a ground breaking for the Campus Center at
11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17.
The 111,492-square-foot building, which is expected
to cost around $25.5 million, will include a convocation center/ice
rink, food court, retail kiosks, meeting rooms and student activities
areas. The ceremony will take place on the site where
the building will rise, between Swetman Hall and Penfield Library.
"Combined with this fall's reopening of two
renovated buildings -- Rich Hall as the new home of the School of
Business and Johnson Hall housing the First-Year Residential Experience
-- and the pending opening of a new cafe in Penfield Library, the
ground breaking represents another cornerstone in SUNY Oswego's spirit
of renewal," President Deborah F. Stanley said.
Over the life of the project, more than 750 jobs
will be created or supported, directly or indirectly, officials said.
The convocation center/ice rink will feature
permanent seating for 2,500 people, with the flexibility to accommodate
up to 4,000 for special ceremonies such as the annual commencement in
The majority of the funding will come from a member
item furnished by state Sen. James W. Wright and the SUNY Construction
Fund. Several million dollars in private donations will help fund the
The architect for the Campus Center is Cannon
Students, faculty, staff, representatives of student
organizations that will utilize the space, government officials, and
members of the local community are among those expected to attend the
Renderings of the future Campus Center will be on
view, and light refreshments will follow the ceremony.
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