Ulster County Executive Mike Hein tours new construction on campus

20160818-1_County Executive Mike Hein Tour_136SUNY New Paltz welcomed Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and County Legislator Hector Rodriguez (District No. 20, Town and Village of New Paltz) to campus this week for a walk-through of new and newly-renovated buildings with President Donald P. Christian and Director of Facilities Design & Construction John McEnrue.

The group began by checking in on the progress of classroom and lab spaces in the new Science Building as it approaches its forecasted date of completion in early 2017, before moving on to see the outcomes of recent wholesale renovations to Wooster Hall and the Sojourner Truth Library.

“SUNY New Paltz continues to amaze. The new science building as well as the other projects on campus are more proof of a public university dedicated to excellence, dedicated to its students and dedicated to the future,” said Ulster County Executive Hein. “We are honored to have SUNY New Paltz as part of Ulster County’s community.”

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President Donald P. Christian (l) and Ulster County Executive Mike Hein speak on the Wooster Hall balcony overlooking the Old Main Quad

During the pass through Wooster Hall, the visitors saw first-hand why so many SUNY New Paltz community members anticipate that the new building, which houses academic departments and labs, student service offices and a café within a spacious, energy-efficient structure, will soon come to serve as a central hub for student activity beginning this fall.

This process has already begun at Sojourner Truth Library, where the Main Level study area was overhauled to better accommodate students while taking fuller advantage of the building’s vistas of the famous Shawangunk Ridge.

“It’s a pleasure to share with County Executive Hein our excitement about these new spaces, which are transforming the academic core of our campus,” said President Christian. “I join him in commending the work of Facilities Management staff and supporting partners for their great stewardship of our recent and ongoing campus construction projects, and look forward to witnessing their impact on the experiences of our students, faculty and staff in the coming years.”

More information about construction at SUNY New Paltz is available online.