Campus Undergoing Major Transformation
A massive construction project is underway that will dramatically improve the core of SUNY Brockport campus. The $12 million North Campus Revitalization Project will create new, accessible ways of navigating the campus, make needed improvements to infrastructure, and beautify the campus.
The project will add a net 200 new trees to the campus landscape, turn a portion of Kenyon St. into a pedestrian-only area, and eliminate the large brick wall that separated the Tower Fine Arts building from the rest of campus.
“We really see this project as a way to stitch the campus together and significantly improve our quality of space,” said Brockport Vice President for Finance and Administration Beau Willis.
Work began immediately following the 2016 commencement ceremonies and was originally scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2018. However, the project is currently ahead of schedule. Should weather conditions remain favorable, project leaders now hope it will be near completion in the fall of 2017.
A project of this magnitude is bound to pose a disruption to students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors — but great effort has been made to keep disruptions to a minimum. For example, there are currently construction fences along the interior of the north side of campus from Gordon and Benedict Halls through Kenyon St.
“I’ve challenged our team to set a new standard for how construction projects are communicated on this campus,” Willis said. “We not only want to emphasize the tremendous benefits that the completed project will ultimately provide, but we are doing everything we can to make navigating the campus as easy as possible during construction.”
A campus map has been customized to display the various temporary walkways that have been established throughout the project site. In addition to being posted in each campus building, the map is featured on two five-foot banners that greet pedestrians as they approach the north campus from the south. A similar map can also be found by visiting www.brockport.edu/map. Those experiencing accessibility challenges are encouraged to call (585) 395-2408 for assistance.
A dedicated Twitter account (@bportfacilities) has been established to disseminate project updates and respond to questions and concerns from members of the campus community.
The campus will gain access to portions of the project area prior to its completion date. Work is being completed in phases. The area between Gordon and Benedict Halls and the east side of McLean Hall, just west of Edwards Hall, is scheduled to re-open by the end of the fall semester.