Orange County Partnership to Recognize College’s Construction of New Center for Science and Engineering

PHOTO: Rendering of Center for Science and EngineeringMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – In recognition of having begun construction of a new Center for Science and Engineering on its Middletown campus, SUNY Orange has been selected to receive the Orange County Partnership’s Spirit of Innovation Award at the Partnership’s 26th Annual Networking Event at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor.

The College will be one of three award recipients recognized that evening, joining the Newburgh Armory and Mediacom Communications, which have been tabbed to receive the Quality of Life Award and the Alliance for Balanced Growth Golden Shovel Award, respectively.

The Spirit of Innovation Award recognizes an individual or organization that has displayed exceptional initiative and innovation, and epitomizes the forward-thinking spirit of Orange County. The College was selected, in part, because of the enhanced ability it will have once the Center for Science and Engineering is complete to feed the county’s talent pipeline in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

“We are excited about the prospects that our students and faculty alike will enjoy when the new Center for Science and Engineering is complete,” said Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president, who will accept the Spirit of Innovation Award on behalf of the College. “This building will enhance our curriculum, provide all types of opportunities for students to broaden their academic experience and allow faculty to teach in a state-of-the-art environment.”

The new four-story, 100,000-square-foot Center for Science and Engineering is being built on the site of the former Sarah Wells Building and will provide a fitting home for the College’s science, engineering and architecture programs, allowing students and faculty alike to thrive. The building will house general classrooms, a variety of science laboratories, computer and study labs, faculty offices, larger configurable lecture/meeting spaces, and the Sarah Wells cafe. Construction is to be completed in Summer 2014.

Two other projects--the Morrison Family Lab School and a parking garage at the intersection of Wawayanda and East Conkling avenues--are included in the current $60 million Middletown campus capital improvements project. The Lab School, a state-of-the-art childcare facility that also serves to enhance the curriculum of SUNY Orange’s Education Department, opened in August. The parking garage is expected to open in January 2013 and provide an additional 300 parking spaces for students.

Tickets to the annual Networking Event are $130 per person. Organizations or businesses may purchase a table for 12 for $1,430. For more information, contact the Orange County Partnership at (845) 294-2323 or e-mail

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Mike Albright
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