SUNY Cobleskill Breaks Ground for New Suite and Townhouse Complex for Upper-Level Students

A groundbreaking ceremony near the Walters Barn on SUNY Cobleskill's north campus May 1 at 10:00 a.m. will signal the beginning of construction of a new 158-bed housing complex for upper level baccalaureate students. With its completion date scheduled to coincide with the fall 2014 opening of the Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, now under construction nearby, Alumni Commons, as the new housing complex will be called, will offer SUNY Cobleskill juniors and seniors the option of townhouse or suite living on campus.

The new housing project's design complements the surrounding agricultural buildings and site while offering a living environment that responds to the needs of today's upper division students. It includes multiple two-story buildings for a "home-like" scale that provide a combination of apartment-style suites and townhouses, all with full kitchens. Students will have the option to live in three, four or six bedroom units each with his or her own bedroom and shared bathroom (one for every two students). A separate common building will be used for instruction and social gatherings to create the first living and learning environment on the north campus.

"Today's college students have a far greater expectation for housing than in the past," said Steve Ackerknecht, Vice President for Student Affairs. "These townhouses and suites will help attract and retain junior and senior baccalaureate students and will offer them an enhanced quality of life. Thanks to the synergistic partnership we've formed with our Alumni Association, students will be able to enjoy a state of the art campus living environment."

Construction for the new complex is being financed by Alumni Housing Corporation, LLC, which acquired the land from the College and hired LP Ciminelli, Inc., to design and build the complex. SUNY Cobleskill alumnus Kyle Tuttle, class of 1984 and representative of LP Ciminelli, will manage and oversee the project.

The May 1 groundbreaking event will feature remarks by Candace Vancko, Officer in Charge of the College; Jennifer Regelski-Rotman, President of the Alumni Association; Ray Villeneuve, Class of 1979, President of Alumni Housing Corp.; Kyle Tuttle, Class of 1984, on behalf of LP Ciminelli; student Jordyn Crossley; and Steve Ackerknecht, Vice President for Student Affairs. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony in Curtis Mott Lounge.

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