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For Immediate Release
September 12, 2012

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John Follaco
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Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of Transformational Brockport Building

Special Events Recreation Center seen as ‘crown jewel’ of the Brockport campus

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BROCKPORT, NY—A sparkling new facility formally opened during a ribbon cutting ceremony at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Friday. And the impact that the $44 million, 160,000-square-foot Special Events Recreation Center (SERC) will have on its campus community will resonate for years to come.

The highly anticipated multipurpose building will provide generations of students with enhanced recreational and athletic facilities. Its 5,500 seat House of Fields equips Brockport with a much-needed venue for major College events and gives students an opportunity to bring bigger entertainment acts to campus. And it offers needed space for Brockport’s noted kinesiology, sport studies and physical education programs.

Brockport President John R. Halstead, PhD, sees the opening of the building as a monumental moment in the history of the College.

"In our latest strategic plan, we talk a lot about learning environment and quality of place," Halstead said. "It's difficult for me to envision frankly anything that could be a bigger catalyst for transforming this campus into a model comprehensive college for the 21st century."

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, PhD, joined Halstead as well as other College officials and community leaders at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

"This is a living, learning community," Zimpher said in her remarks. "This kind of facility is part of our informal curriculum—all of the important things that take place outside of the classroom. This building will become the heartbeat and the core of this campus and this community."

The ribbon cutting began a day of festivities—all part of Brockport’s Homecoming Weekend—that celebrate the opening of the transformative facility. Other events include a campus picnic, a special grand opening ceremony, a student concert, and an alumni reception.

In addition to the House of Fields, SERC features a 200-meter indoor track, fitness center— featuring cardiovascular equipment, free weights, strength circuit training areas and a multi-purpose exercise room—, dining and retail space and multipurpose rooms. It was designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver green building standards, featuring an underground ice generation and storage system for building cooling.

King and King Architects, LLP and Moody Nolan, Inc. designed the facility. It was built by LeChase Construction Service, with Gilbane Building Company serving as Construction Manager. Project coordination was provided by the State University Construction Fund and Brockport’s Office of Facilities and planning.


The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive * Brockport, New York 14420-2931
(585) 395-2754 * FAX (585) 395-2723 * www.brockport.edu

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