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“Students already understand what a college or university offers academically prior to visiting for admissions tours, but ultimately it’s how the campus looks and is maintained that will attract and subsequently retain them.” John McEnrue Director, Facilities Design & Construction

Working closely with the architect, designer, and SUNY team, EvensonBest helped establish furniture and finish selections that uniquely represent the design and functionality objectives at the college. The resultant spaces depict a true reflection of the mid-century origins of the campus blended with the modernday furniture needs of the students.

NEW SCIENCE BUILDING DURATION OF PROJECT: 2.5 YEARS COST: $48 MILLION Besides renovation work, McEnrue and the SUCF also are overseeing new construction. As of press time, construction on the new science building was scheduled to wrap in December 2016. “There wasn’t a previously defined border between the surrounding residential neighborhood and the campus, so you never had a sense of arriving at SUNY New Paltz,” McEnrue says. “Our landscape master plan picked this location as a space for academic development and we chose science. We tore down two buildings that housed international studies and geography, and we removed a parking lot to create the space.” The project’s architectural firm, ZGF, incorporated a unique feature by covering the exterior of the building with slate. “The architects took their inspiration from the slate on the old stone house roofs in the village of New Paltz,” McEnrue says.

Campus Commons State University of New York at New Paltz

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