MEDIA ADVISORY

OFFICIAL GROUNDBREAKING TO BE HELD

FOR SUNY GENESEO’S

105,000-SQUARE-FOOT INTEGRATED SCIENCE FACILITY

Chancellor Robert L. King, other dignitaries

to be on hand for the ceremony

1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6

College Green, SUNY Geneseo

The official groundbreaking for SUNY Geneseo’s Integrated Science Facility (ISF) will take place on the Geneseo College Green at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, and SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King, New York State Senator Dale Volker and other dignitaries will be on hand for the event.

Once constructed and occupied, Geneseo’s Integrated Science Facility will provide a dramatic, soaring new space in which both classroom learning and cutting-edge research will be conducted. The facility is slated to open in the fall of 2006. For more information on the project schedule, see http://www.geneseo.edu/~pplant/Science/genisf.html.

The building will feature 105,000 square feet of new space, and will connect Greene Hall and Newton Lecture Hall to create a spectacular visual backdrop to the College Green and upper quadrangle. A towering central glass atrium will lead students past instructional laboratories en route to lecture halls in Newton, and faculty offices and additional labs in Greene. The facility will house the departments of biology, chemistry, physics and geological sciences.

Designed by the New York office of Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK/New York), leading planners of science and research facilities, the ISF will be an imposing and impressive new campus landmark. The first phase of this extensive project will cost $33 million, and the second phase, the renovation of Greene, will cost an estimated $20 million.

The face of the upper portion of campus has already changed dramatically. As a prelude to the official groundbreaking, The Pike Company, the Rochester-based contractor for the project, has installed fencing around the construction site, and several trailers and other signs of construction already grace the staging area.

"The Integrated Science Facility will promote exciting opportunities for joint student/faculty research in a collaborative learning setting," said SUNY Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl. "Outstanding faculty who nurture and mentor students are a hallmark of a SUNY Geneseo education, and the new science facility will further enhance a rich tradition and environment for learning and scientific exploration through research."

Opportunities to interview Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl, along with faculty and students in the sciences at Geneseo, will be available to members of the media. Representatives from HOK architects, designers of the facility, will also be on hand, as will Tom Judson, chairman/CEO of The Pike Company.

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