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University studies east campus housing options

A process that began last summer to assess options for the future of Newing College and Dickinson Community — the two oldest residential communities on campus — continues to move forward.

Working with a project team including students and faculty masters, as well as representatives from Residential Life, the Alumni Association, Physical Facilities and the Dormitory Authority of the State University of New York, Trudeau Architects of Latham created schematics of a general framework for the campus, showing possible options for updating the buildings. These options will be presented to the campus community this spring to obtain input on the general design plans, and a decision on how to proceed will be made in the summer.

“One of the primary aspects of this project has been retaining the culture of the Newing and Dickinson communities,” said James Van Voorst, vice president for administration. “Much discussion has gone into the design of the new complexes to achieve that goal and Trudeau has done an outstanding job of hearing concerns and providing options to meet it.”

There are several factors that require further analysis before the project begins, Van Voorst said. “Such matters as cost benefit, the impact on the campus both during and after construction, the cost impact for students. All of these need to be considered before a final decision can be reached.

“After this next phase of gathering input, we’ll have a clear direction of where we need to go with design and what the cost will be,” Van Voorst said. “Then, we’ll make the decision of whether to renovate or build new.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08