Chancellor Zimpher Joins Campuses in Albany to Showcase University’s Capital Program

February 2, 2015

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today will join campus representatives from across SUNY and partners in the construction industry to showcase the accomplishments of University’s award-winning Capital Program for state legislative leaders and staff.

The showcase is intended to garner support for SUNY’s 2015-16 state budget request, which includes a 5-year capital plan with an annual investment of $600 million for critical maintenance of SUNY’s aging facilities, $200 million annually for  new transformational projects requested by the campuses, and $143 million for more than 60 community college projects.

The showcase will be held until 5 p.m. today in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany, and Chancellor Zimpher is expected to be there at 2 p.m.

“SUNY’s facilities represent more than 40 percent of New York State’s physical assets, and nearly half of the buildings on our campuses were originally constructed between 1965 and 1975,” said SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “SUNY’s thorough capital planning process which received national recognition resulted in many award-winning projects that enhance and protect the educational mission of the University, while also bolstering New York’s construction industry and supporting small and minority and women-owned businesses in every sector. Further investment in our multi-year capital plan is a shared win for SUNY and the state.”

“It is imperative that the buildings and facilities on our campuses are equipped to support SUNY’s ambitious agenda for economic development and increased access, completion, and success among our students and graduates,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “The aging infrastructure across our campus landscape requires consistent critical maintenance and, as evidenced by today’s showcase, multi-year capital planning is the most effective way to ensure the necessary upkeep of SUNY’s existing facilities while enabling new construction to support our academic and economic goals.”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Executive Budget provides $200 million for critical maintenance projects on SUNY’s state-operated campuses and designates the $143 million for sponsor-approved community college projects requested by SUNY. As the state budget process moves forward, SUNY asks the Legislature to provide the additional capital funding it requested.  

SUNY offers today’s showcase in partnership with the Association of General Contractors, the Northeastern Subcontractors Association, the American Institute of Architects, the American Council of Engineering Companies, and the Eastern Contractors Association.

Chancellor Zimpher will deliver state budget testimony next week, on Tuesday, Feb. 10, to advocate for the University’s capital proposal as well as additional state funding to support the agenda outlined in her 2015 State of the University Address.

SUNY’s physical assets are comprised of 2,887 buildings and infrastructure that cover nearly 102 million square feet, and most were constructed between 40 and 50 years ago.

           

About the State University of New York
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