“My team is great. They truly want the best services and products for our clients—the faculty and students of SUNY New Paltz.” John McEnrue Director, Facilities Design & Construction
A LOOK AHEAD
RIDGEVIEW HALL DURATION OF PROJECT: 1.5 YEARS COST: $33 MILLION Another new construction project underway at SUNY New Paltz is Ridgeview Hall, which, as the name implies, looks out over the Shawangunk Ridge. “We created student housing with modern amenities, as well as a café where students can eat in or grab and go,” McEnrue says. “The café is very popular.” At press time, McEnrue told us that Ridgeview Hall is on the path to LEED Gold designation. The residential campus projects at New Paltz State are done in collaboration with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.
EVEN WITH SEVERAL PROJECTS UNDERWAY OR ALREADY UNDER ITS BELT, SUNY New Paltz still has plans for future work. These plans include a $20 million renovation of an existing residence hall, as well as construction of a 20,000-squarefoot engineering facility to accommodate the school’s new mechanical engineering program. Projects on the university’s wish list include another academic facility that has more classrooms and faculty offices, renovating the Smiley Art Building, and renovating the outdated pool. McEnrue says there are challenges to his job, such as managing expectations and having to prioritize all that needs to be done in terms of deferred maintenance. Nevertheless, he says it’s all rewarding. “I love coming into the office every day,” he says. “My team is great. They truly want the best services and products for our clients—the faculty and students of SUNY New Paltz.”
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