State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Macdonough Hall Renovation

Plattsburgh, New York

The renovation of Macdonough Hall involved one of the oldest residence halls in the statewide SUNY system. The goals for this project:

-Increase bed count through reuse of abandoned basement space.

-Provide more varied resident room types—singles, doubles and suites.

-Improve student amenities, including increased numbers ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMDelta Engineers, Inc.COST PER SQ FT$123.00FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation entries, lounges, studies, laundries, toilets, a computer room and exterior courtyards.

-Provide new interior finishes; updated mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire-protection infrastructure; and add contemporary data and communications systems.

-Restore exterior of existing historic structure (masonry repairs, slate roof repairs and window replacement) and accommodate contemporary features, including new lightwells, atrium spaces and a new main entry bridge.

-Conduct construction in a phased approach to permit occupancy in part of the building during construction.

-Encourage student use of outdoor spaces.

-Incorporate energy-efficient systems and construction practices sufficient to achieve LEED certification.

All of these goals were achieved on schedule and on time, and the project has received high marks for the quality of architecture and engineering work.