October 4, 2012
– News Release –
New School of Business Building to Open 2014
On Thursday, October 4, Farmingdale State College broke ground to begin a $26.7 million construction project slated for completion in fall 2014. The 42,000-square foot building will consolidate faculty and students studying in the School of Business.
The School of Business has the largest enrollment at the College. There are 2,032 students enrolled in business programs including Business Management, Visual Communications, Ornamental Horticulture, Sport Management and Computer Systems.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. and Assembly member Bob Sweeney, who secured the funding for this and many other projects that are part of a $185 M campus-wide capital campaign, were on hand to start the digging. Also in attendance were campus officials and representatives from Urbahn Architects, Stalco Construction and the SUNY Construction Fund.
“The entire campus community is grateful to Senator Fuschillo and Assembly member Sweeney for their tireless advocacy for Farmingdale. This beautiful new classroom building space is crucial to our continued growth,” said Farmingdale State College President Dr. W. Hubert Keen.
Urbahn Architects listened carefully to what campus officials wanted when designing this academic building. Since promoting informal interaction between students and their professors is one of the stated goals, the faculty offices have been located immediately across the main corridor from the classrooms.
Dr. Richard Vogel, acting dean of the School of Business said, “I believe the design of this building will contribute to an even stronger community for the School of Business as not all learning takes place in the classroom. Students are attracted to Farmingdale because of the many opportunities to interact with and learn from their professors.”
The three- story building will include much-needed classroom space, another computer laboratory and office space for many business professors and staff. It will feature a unique staircase with benches on the side. The building will accommodate the most up-to-date technology compatible with the latest in teaching pedagogy and methodologies needed for the continued success of the Farmingdale School of Business and SUNY as a whole.
Designed in accordance with NYS Executive Order #111, the building will meet the minimum LEED Silver requirements for new buildings.