Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $35 Million in Campus Upgrades Completed at SUNY Schools Statewide

September 20, 2016

From the office of Governor Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $35 million in upgrades to SUNY campuses throughout the state are complete. The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York completed these projects in time for students to begin the fall semester.

"These upgrades will help ensure New York's world class state university system remains competitive and draws the best and brightest in New York and beyond for years to come," Governor Cuomo said. "With these investments today, we will be creating an environment at SUNY colleges and university to foster New York's next generation of leaders."

The projects were completed with funds derived from residence hall fees. Campus upgrades will allow SUNY schools to continue to compete for top educators, researchers and students from across the globe.

"Speed and efficiency are two hallmarks of the services DASNY provides and these projects serve as a perfect example," said DASNY President & CEO Gerrard P. Bushell. "We look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with SUNY campuses to provide students across New York the best possible environment to learn and grow as future leaders, innovators and creators."

"Our returning students in particular will certainly see a change as New York State investment and DASNY dedication improved and updated areas of our infrastructure that were in great need," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "This critical maintenance is a positive step forward to ensure a healthy and safe campus environment."

SUNY Campus Projects Completed This Summer Include:

Campus: UAlbany
Value: $2.2 million
Student rooms and corridors in Alden and Waterbury resident halls, located in the Alumni Quad, received new paint and electrical fixtures, in addition to new bathrooms shower heads. Elevators in the Eastman, Stuyvesant and Livingston towers were also replaced.

Campus: Alfred State College
Value: $1.9 million
New boilers were installed in three residence halls.

Campus: SUNY Brockport
Value: $809,000
The reconfiguration and renovation of Perry, Bramley and Biggs Halls is complete, creating more open and bright entryways. Various parking and walkway upgrades were also completed, as well as bathroom ventilation systems in McLean Hall.

Campus: Buffalo State
Value: $3.4 million
The roofs of Porter Hall and the Moore Complex have been replaced. Also, asbestos was removed from the Tower Two residence hall and the exterior stone panels on the northwest campus façade have been stabilized.

Campus: The College of Technology at Delhi
Value: $1.2 million
Two lounges in Russell Hall have been converted into kitchens, and the exterior of Murphy Hall has been updated.

Campus: SUNY Geneseo
Value: $3.8 million
Brand new boilers have been installed in six residence halls.

Campus: SUNY Oneonta
Value: $2.3 million
Five residence hall lounges have been converted into kitchens and fitness centers, and drainage improvements have been made to pedestrian walkways at the East Campus. In addition, wall coverings along the corridors of Blodgett Hall have been replaced, four residence hall fire alarm panels have been replaced, and four resident halls have received Wi-Fi upgrades.

Campus: SUNY Oswego
Value: $1.4 million
The underground steam line that feeds four residence halls were replaced.

Campus: SUNY Purchase
Value: $5 million
Major bathroom renovations in Big Haus residence hall are complete. Bedrooms, common areas and corridors were repainted and new floors were installed. New lighting and wardrobes have also been installed.

Campus: University at Buffalo
Value: $5.1 million
$2 million in high tech laundry upgrades on campus include "Laundry Alerts," which allow students to check the status of their laundry, view wait times and reserve a machine from their smartphones. In addition, the staircase at Richmond Hall and concrete portions of the Governor's Complex loading dock have been replaced. The Governor's complex bathrooms were also upgraded.

Campus: SUNY Potsdam
Value: $1.9 million
$750,000 supported environmentally friendly upgrades. LED lighting and water-saving devices have been installed, including "low flow" shower heads, toilets and faucets. In addition, six high-rise elevators have been replaced.

Campus: SUNY New Paltz
Value: $5.7 million
As part of an effort to keep students safe, nine buildings, in addition to three already completed, have been outfitted with wireless door hardware to prevent illegal entry.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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