Construction update given at college council

Construction on the SUNY Fredonia campus is on schedule as announced at a recent college council meeting. Vice President of Administration and Finance Stephen Schillo gave updates regarding two bigger projects in progress on campus – the science center and new townhouse construction.

Both the science center and townhouse complex, which is located next to the softball and baseball fields, will be used by students in Fall 2014. Construction on the new center started in 2011 and is a bit behind schedule but will not interfere with its opening, Schillo said.

“The science center building is on budget but a little behind schedule. It will be turned over to us in this spring and we’ll be teaching there in the fall,” said Schillo. “It’s an exciting project. I think our faculty and students are going to love being there. It’s going to be a real shot in the arm for our science education program.”

The next big project on campus is the townhouse residences located on Ring Road next to the baseball and softball fields. The townhouses will be comprised of six buildings which will house about 200 students. Each apartment will have a kitchen and a bathroom in addition to being fully furnished. It was announced there is 50 students who have committed to living in the residence already.

Councilmember Michael Cerrie asked if the residences would be taking away students who may be renting private residences in the community. Schillo said while the townhouses are $1,000 more than what a student would pay for a private rental, there are more amenities included. The townhouses also offer an alternative option for upperclassmen who may be required to live on campus due to scholarships, David Herman, vice president for student affairs, said. He said these students are already living on campus or will be international students. Campus security, a shuttle, free internet and cable plus laundry facilities are all available to students. The residences will be targeted toward international students also who may need to stay on campus year round.

“If you add it all up, I think the students will see the value to live there,” said Schillo. “It’s about $1,000 more than you would pay off campus but getting all the amenities.”

Part of the campus’ construction plan was to have work done at Rockefeller Arts Center. A $36 million addition was suspended last year as part of the five-year plan. The Rockefeller Arts project, however, has been put out to bid and is expected to start late spring.

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