By WBNG News


July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 9, 2008 at 1:21 PM EDT

Senator James L. Seward today announced that the state budget includes $66 million for two renovation projects at the State University College at Oneonta. The rehabilitation of Fitzelle Hall and the Physical Science Building have been funded as part of SUNY's new five year capital plan in the new state budget. The bill will be passed today, April 9.
SUNY Oneonta will receive $36 million in SUNY funding in the state's 2008-2009 budget for its Fitzelle Hall and $30 million for its Physical Science Building remodeling projects on the Oneonta campus. In addition, the SUNY budget will fund $14.2 million in critical maintenance funding at the Oneonta campus, which funds the upgrade and updating of existing infrastructure.
"This is good news for SUNY Oneonta, the Oneonta area, faculty and students," Senator Seward said. "As a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee, I fought to include the project in the SUNY five year capital plan because it is a campus priority and will provide a much needed boost to the campus -- making it more attractive to students, and its construction helping the local economy."
"We are pleased that the legislature has included funding for the rehabilitation of both Fitzelle Hall and the Physical Science Building in its 2008-09 budget," said President Alan Donovan. "These two academic buildings are at the core of our college's educational mission. Their renovation will enhance our campus facilities and enable us to provide high-quality educational experiences for the students of New York State for many years to come."
Fitzelle Hall, which was constructed in 1968, is the college’s largest academic building housing several academic departments in education and the arts and sciences as well as general classrooms. The building will be renovated to include electrical and HVAC systems and plumbing upgrades, replacement of floor finishes, and related systems to extend the useful life of the facility, meet compliance with current codes including ADA accessibility, and improve energy and general operating efficiency. Classrooms, labs, offices and circulation areas will be reconfigured.
The Physical Science building, which will house the departments of chemistry & biochemistry, physics and astronomy, and anthropology will be modernized with electrical, heating, plumbing and computer-related updates, energy efficiency measures, windows, labs, ADA accessibility, a new roof and office updates. "Smart projection" will include wiring in all labs, classrooms and conference rooms.
Seward notified President Alan Donovan Tuesday night.
The funding is part of a new SUNY five year capital plan. Projects are bonded by the state university.
Seward has been instrumental in winning projects for the campus, including its alumni fieldhouse and library upgrades, among others.

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