Humanities Renovation Project


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Heating / Ventilation / Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Renovation

Timeline ... .. . / In Construction-- Anticipated Completion Fall 2015

Lead Agency / State University Construction Fund

Design / Kliment Halsband

Contractor / Niram

Budget / $30 million

Project Managers / Sayim Malik & Munzeea Ismail


 Project Update of September 29, 2014

The new exterior wall framing is complete on the east side of the building, including installation boards and framing for the new windows.  The majority of new exterior face brick and windows have also been installed.  The new exterior wall construction will give us better insulated values and increasing the overall energy efficiency of our building.

The contractor has also installed over 90% of the new plumbing, sprinkler, and mechanical infrastructure in the building.  They have also started running new electrical lines, and have begun interior wall construction. The wall framing on the 3rd floor is almost complete.

The pedestrian walkway between the Humanities building and the Student Center has been re-opened.  


Project Overview

The Humanities Building, located on the south side of the central plaza on the SUNY Purchase campus, is a 92,530 GSF structure constructed in 1973. It houses all programs associated with the Humanities department, including Journalism, Cinema Studies, and the College Newspaper. The building, which pre-dates changes in environmental health and safety regulations, energy conservation and ADA requirements, has not had a significant renovation since it was built. Its spaces also have not been adapted to pedagogical developments that have taken place since 1973. The project will address renovation of building interiors, mechanical/electrical/plumbing systems. It also includes replacement of the existing windows. The renovation will include hazardous materials abatement and bring it into compliance with construction and accessibility codes. The building will also meet the requirements to achieve a LEED Silver rating. The Program Study for the Humanities Building Renovation at the SUNY Purchase was commissioned by the State University Construction Fund and SUNY Purchase College to develop a program for the renovated building. The purpose of the program study is to verify findings in the July 2008 Space Utilization Study conducted by Perkins Eastman and collect additional information to develop a final program for the renovated Humanities Building.