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SUNY Brockport Breaks Ground
for Student Townhomes
$18-million Complex Will House 208 Students

Officials from SUNY College at Brockport and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) began construction of an $18-million, 208-student townhome residence hall project with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, March 22.

SUNY Brockport President John R. Halstead was joined by Rick Bianchi, project manager from the DASNY, Robert Stark of Chaintreuil, Jensen & Stark Architects and Planners and Dave Christa of Christa Construction LLC to move some earth and talk about the new residential living facility. (See below for townhome architectural renderings.)

“This is a great day for SUNY Brockport and our students. This will be a first-rate, state-of-the-art facility and a new standard in campus living. These townhomes will employ the latest technologies to make them environmentally and energy- friendly for the 208 students who will make their home here. It is our intention to create learning and living environments that students will remember as an important part of their SUNY Brockport experience long after they've left the College,” said President Halstead.

Each of the 52 townhomes will include a full kitchen, dining room, living room, four bedrooms, two full baths and a washer and dryer. They will be fully furnished and equipped with Internet access, air conditioning, cable television and access to convenient parking.

DASNY has partnered with the College to oversee design and construction of the project. “We believe that the new townhome complex will be a dramatic addition to the campus and an exciting living option for SUNY Brockport students,” said Bianchi.

Architect Stark says that his goal was to design more than a housing complex. “Our hope is to create a neighborhood with streets and landscaped park-like green spaces where students can gather,” he said.

Officials at Christa Construction plan to have the structure completed early in the summer of 2007. The first group of students will move in for the fall 2007 semester.

Here are three architectural renderings of the new student townhomes. Click on each for a higher-resolution version in an Adobe PDF file.

Overhead View from the South

Rendering: Overhead view of apartment-style housing from the south

Overhead View from the North

Rendering: Overhead view of apartment-style housing from the north

Street-level View

Rendering: Street-level view of apartment-style housing