SUNY ORANGE TO BEGIN DESIGN PHASE FOR NEWBURGH CAMPUS

10/6/2006

College Set to Move Forward with Concept and Architectural Design of Branch Campus
on Current Extension Center Site

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange officials are preparing to move into the concept and architectural design phase for their planned Newburgh campus following the Orange County Legislature’s decision Thursday (Oct. 5) to place the branch campus in the city’s Lower Broadway region, at the intersection of Broadway and Colden Street, current home of the college’s Newburgh Extension Center.

Before moving forward with plans to expand its presence in Newburgh, the college needed the legislature to select and approve a suitable site, a requirement the county’s governing body completed during Thursday’s session. Now that a site has been selected, SUNY Orange President Dr. William Richards is eager to continue the process as it moves into the concept and architectural design stages.

“We would have been happy settling into any of the sites that were considered, but now that the Lower Broadway property has been chosen, we are prepared to move further into the details of designing a campus in Newburgh,” Richards said. “All along, we told the members of the Orange County Legislature, ‘You find us a site and we’ll build the greater Newburgh community the best branch campus we can.’”

Additionally, the college has begun the necessary application process, working the State University of New York and the State Education Department staffs, to earn “branch campus” certification for the future Newburgh campus. That distinction will allow the Newburgh branch campus of SUNY Orange to be a degree-granting institution in its own right.

“That means students will be able to start and finish their studies right there in Newburgh. They won’t have to come to the Middletown campus, unless they wish to,” Richards explained. “We think it is very important for our students to have a degree-granting campus in Newburgh, and we expect to have that certification process completed before the doors to the new branch campus are opened.”

Richards stressed his desire for the concept and architectural design phase (considered Phase 2 of the project) to be completed quickly, but added no timetable has been established.

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