State University of New York at New Paltz, Renovation of Old Main

New Paltz, New York

Built in 1908, Old Main is a historically significant building at State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz serving the campus School of Education. Because of the facility’s age, condition and technological constraints, most spaces, building systems and infrastructure are aging, deteriorated and under capacity. Small-scale renovations have been attempted throughout ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$240.00FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress years, resulting in an assemblage of old and new that has distorted any unifying building character that remains.

The project aims to address:

•Efficient building utilization.

•Evolving needs of the School of Education.

•Creation of a unifying signature emblem of what Old Main symbolizes to the campus.

The design intends to recreate the formal appearance that defines the building’s historical character. It also intends to create a main focal point by providing a central lobby area and entrance. The concept of grouping related departments and spaces together enhances effective use. By adapting the old track area for use, two new floor additions in the south wing fulfill the desire for building flexibility and adaptability.

The project is USGBC-registered and pursuing LEED certification. The project is in line to receive a LEED silver rating because the design met higher energy-efficiency standards than proposed originally. All interior finishes were selected carefully, and the construction process was managed with maximum LEED credits in mind.