Purchase College, referred to as the “gem” of the State University of New York system, combines distinctive programs in the liberal arts and sciences with professional conservatory and studio training in the performing and visual arts. This combination provides a unique educational experience for approximately 4,267 students from more than 43 states (including Puerto Rico) and 28 countries. Of these students, approximately 2,600 live on campus and enjoy an unusually stimulating and creative environment.
Located on more than 500 acres of farmland—originally the property of Thomas Thomas, a Revolutionary War hero—Purchase combines the ease of suburban living in Westchester County with close proximity to New York City. Its academic buildings, designed in the 1970s by leading architects, are clustered around a central plaza modeled on the University of Virginia campus, with easy access to surrounding dormitories and apartments and to a state-of-the-art athletic complex. A three-mile perimeter road within the campus property, Brigid Flanigan Drive, named for one of the college’s generous benefactors, provides both convenient access and a safe environment for recreation.
Purchase College is moving toward completion of its five-year Capital Facilities Plan with more than 21 projects (at a total value exceeding $130 million) in various stages of planning, design, or construction. Major completed projects include the rehabilitation of the central plaza and the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems in the Neuberger Museum of Art, and new headquarters for the University Police Department in previously unused space. Renovation of the Durst Family Humanities Building, which is expected to conclude in June 2014, includes redesigned interior spaces to meet current academic developments; replacement of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems; and exterior repairs. Exterior rehabilitation projects are underway in the Visual Arts Building, the dormitories, the Dining Hall, and the physical education buildings. The planning phase is underway for a new academic building—the Center for Integrated Teaching, Learning, and Technology—and three rehabilitation projects: heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems in the Dance Building; humidification in the Music Building; and academic restrooms throughout the campus.
A Facilities Master Plan that aligns the next 10-year Capital Facilities Plan with the academic mission of the college has been completed, together with an electric metering project to monitor building electrical demand and reduce energy consumption. In collaboration with the New York Power Authority, the college will also study current building systems and identify possible capital projects in an effort to realize energy savings, as outlined in the Energy Master Plan.