New School of Business Building Opens at Farmingdale State College


On May 7, Farmingdale’s new building for the School of Business was opened. Booming enrollment at Farmingdale State College overall has resulted in the need for more classroom space. More than 2,200 students are enrolled in the School of Business, and 8,400 in the College overall.

“Part of a $185 million construction project, this is the most technologically advanced building on campus,” said President W. Hubert Keen. “We are so pleased to see the final result. The campus revitalization is thrilling for all of us.”

“Since its founding in 1912, Farmingdale State College has built a strong reputation for workforce development, consistently fueling the Long Island economy with talented graduates in high-demand careers,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The new School of Business is an outstanding addition that will benefit students and employers alike. Congratulations to President Keen and all of those on campus and in the community who had a hand in seeing this project through.”

One of the most architecturally compelling aspects to the building is tiered seating, located immediately opposite the lobby atrium and main entrance. Next to the seating is a ceremonial staircase which offers a series of visual experiences, including views of the campus mall.  Quiet lounges on the second and third floors offer tree-top views.

SUNY Construction Fund, with the project team of contractor Stalco Construction of Islandia and Urbahn Architects of Manhattan, brought this project to completion.

At a cost of $19.3 million, the 39,000-square-foot, three-story building provides 11 new classrooms, eight of which are configured in the collaborative style.  Collaborative classrooms promote learning through cooperative group activities – an essential skill for today’s workplace.  Rows of tiered seats face a center stage from which the professor lectures.  The professor can project work onto one of the four whiteboards or students can use the whiteboard to present reports.

In addition, more than 40 professors have offices in the classroom building, providing for more interactions between faculty and students, as well as between professors and staff.

The building is the most prominent component of the modernization and renovation of the campus, which includes a new Information Commons in the library, refurbished classrooms and laboratories, upgraded athletic facilities, and landscaping.

Designed to qualify for LEED Silver certification, the building incorporates high-efficiency heating, cooling and lighting systems as well as occupancy sensors. Even the classroom equipment saves money – TV’s are installed in the classrooms rather than more energy demanding projectors.

Every stadium seat has a power plug and a network connector.  And the building is 100% Wi-Fi connected.

Four of the classrooms have two smart boards at the front of the room and long tables facing the front. 

Six lounges are available to watch tightrope – a universal message board – to enhance campus communication. Two quiet lounges on the second and third floors offer convenient power adaptors.

“It’s been rewarding to see how excited our students are by the new classrooms,” said Richard Vogel, Dean of the School of Business. “Having the majority of our faculty and students in one building will contribute an even stronger sense of community within the School of Business.”