A new look for the Purchase College campus. The central plaza of Purchase College will undergo a major renovation this year to create a more sustainable campus through energy efficiency, innovation and green technology. A kickoff ceremony to officially launch the project will take place on August 18 at 11 AM. President Thomas Schwarz will be joined by officials from the New York State Construction Fund.
"We are excited about this transformation of the plaza. It is the first major overhaul of this outdoor space since the campus was constructed some 40 years ago," said Thomas J. Schwarz, President of Purchase College "The entire plaza will be replaced," he said. "We will remove the austere brown brick walkways over the plaza deck and install more plantings in raised beds and add new trees. There will be informal seating areas where students can study or meet informally and where our faculty, staff, and visitors can enjoy an environmentally attractive environment. The restoration will have long term benefits for our campus infrastructure," he added. "It will repair the failed drainage and waterproofing systems and create a leak free environment within our buildings. It is in keeping with our Sustainable Building policy," said President Schwarz. The President signed the American College & University President's Climate Commitment in 2007.
The renovation will have cafe' seating areas on the plaza adjacent to food service areas. Other seating will be near entrances to academic buildings along new paths. Hammocks (a Purchase tradition) will be placed strategically for lounging beneath the trees. New reflective lights will be located along main walkways and at entrances to buildings. Light columns will illuminate areas below the tree canopy and the seating areas.New building signs made of precast concrete will identify each building and be incorporated into the landscape opposite entrances to academic buildings. In describing the project Christopher Gavlick, director of Capital Facilities Planning said, "The Great Court was originally conceived by campus planners as an area in which the academic buildings were centered around the Library and Bookstore buildings and linked by a covered walkway that defines the plaza. Each building was surrounded by a series of open spaces and pedestrian streets which reinforced the buildings connection to the plaza. "Ã‚Â
Lead Agency: State University Construction Fund
Project Management: Purchase College Office of Capital Facilities Planning
Architect: San Fanandre Justin Architects PC, New York, NY
Landscape Architect: Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, New York
Engineers: AMSEC LLC, New York, NY
Surveyors: Chazen Engineering, Poughkeepsie, NY
General Contractors: MPCC Construction Corp, New Rochelle, NY