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SUNY Chancellor Helps Break Ground on State-of-the-art Science Lab at SUNY Plattsburgh

The ground has been broken on SUNY Plattsburgh's new state-of-the-art science lab and State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher was there to help break it.

The chancellor was joined by other dignitaries including New York State Senator Betty Little, State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak in celebrating the  launch of the new Hudson Hall laboratory addition.

Built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standards, the addition will be the first building constructed on the campus since Feinberg Library was built in the 1970s.

Lab to Open Up New Opportunities in the Sciences

Zimpher said that the addition will "open the door to curiosity" and "anchor SUNY Plattsburgh in the work it does best, which is the education of young people."

In an interview about the new addition, Dr. Tim Mihuc, director of the Lake Champlain Research Institute, also referenced how the building will help students. also referenced how the building will help students. "Students will be educated in a facility that will be comparable to what they will find in a career in the sciences," he said.

He noted that some of the funds will also help replace outdated bench equipment and other tools that students use in the classroom and labs.

Building to Serve as Example of Green Practices

Following LEED design and building guidelines will have other ramifications for teaching as the building itself will be used as a teaching tool, with displays which educate occupants about green practices.

"I am truly excited about the new possibilities that will be opened to the faculty and students. I am grateful to the state, and ultimately the people of the state, for their generous support of this effort and our students," said Dr. Ed Miller, chair of the chemistry department.

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