Mason Hall Open Following Renovations
The fifth of 10 SUNY Plattsburgh residence halls to be renovated is open and ready for the start of the fall 2015 semester.
According to Jules LaPoint, residence hall project manager, Mason Hall renovation is complete and occupied by resident assistants and directors and ready to accept student residents during move-in weekend Aug. 22 and 23.
“The building was updated with new windows on the first floor, and stairwells, and kitchenettes were installed on the first, second and third floors,” LaPoint said. “Six single rooms were constructed; a passenger elevator was installed, and a new mailroom was constructed in the ground floor lounge with a new package-delivery system.”
New finishes, a new electrical infrastructure — including energy-efficient lighting — and a new heating system that allows residents to control their own living-space room temperatures were also added.
“Building site work included opening up the area in front of the building, allowing for a greener space and Americans with Disabilities accessibility to the building,” he said.
The residence hall reconstruction project began with Hood Hall being taken off line in June 2011. As it was readied for opening for the fall 2012 academic year, the next hall, Harrington, was taken off line for its renovation, followed in line by deFredenburgh, and then Mason.
And now that Mason has returned to the lineup of open dorms, the next in line for renovation, Moffitt Hall, is now off line with hazardous materials abatement underway. The design for Moffitt includes full bathroom renovations, kitchenettes and bathrooms on floors two through nine, new electrical and heating systems, construction of an interfaith room and the addition of 32 single rooms.
Macdonough Hall has been going through a kitchenette project, which involved the installation of kitchenettes in areas in the basement, first, second and third floors. According to LaPoint, the project is nearing completion and is expected to be wrapped up in early September.