College and County Joined by Local Dignitaries to Celebrate Onset of Kaplan Hall Construction

PHOTO: Kaplan Hall Groundbreaking

Newburgh, N.Y. – County Executive Edward A. Diana was joined by Legislative Chairman M. William Lahey, SUNY Orange President Dr. William Richards, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Senator William Larkin, Newburgh Mayor Nick Valentine, SUNY Vice Chancellor Dr. Dennis Golladay, philanthropist William Kaplan and others on Tuesday morning (Oct. 21) for the groundbreaking of SUNY Orange's Newburgh Branch Campus.

The branch campus will feature a new 85,000-square-foot building along with significant renovations to the existing Tower Building that comprises SUNY Orange's current Newburgh Extension Center. When completed, the campus will include a total of 172,000 square feet of academic and student support space.

PHOTO: Dr. Richards addresses the crowdThe new building will be constructed at the intersection of Grand and First streets and will anchor the northwest corner of the branch campus. The campus will also include a two-story underground parking garage and a beautifully landscaped plaza. The new building will be named “Kaplan Hall’ after philanthropist and civic leader William Kaplan. Excavation on the site is to begin within several weeks.

Kaplan Hall will include a library, student services offices, new classrooms, and state-of-the-art laboratories to support the nursing, biology and science programs. Office space, conference rooms, tutorial labs and a small art gallery will fill out much of the remaining indoor space.

The project will incorporate an array of “green” initiatives aimed to guarantee LEED certification. The campus will utilize water-efficient landscaping, employ efficient interior water fixtures, include recycled materials in its construction and feature energy-efficient PHOTO: Dignitaries break groundtechnologies. Construction is expected to cost approximately $85 million.

Targeted completion date for Kaplan Hall is Fall 2010 while renovations to the Tower Building (formerly the Key Bank Building) are expected to be completed by Fall 2011.

SUNY Orange enrollment has increased 22.2 percent in the past seven years including a 2.4 percent surge this past fall that created a record enrollment level of 6,763 students. When completed, the branch campus is expected to allow the College to double its enrollment in Newburgh.

The SUNY Orange project represents an $85 million investment in our region’s educational system. This project is funded by the County of Orange, and received $35 million from New York State in addition to a generous $10 million gift from William Kaplan and the Kaplan Foundation.

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