Dear Marist Students, Faculty, and Staff:
Welcome to the fall 2015 semester. Whether you are a new or returning member of the Marist College community, you will notice some big changes taking place on campus. The College is undertaking two significant new construction projects: a new science and allied health building on Beck Place, on the east campus; and the first, two-building phase of the North Campus Housing Project, across from Gartland Commons. Together, these new buildings will strengthen and expand the College’s academic offerings and provide additional high-quality accommodations to house more students who wish to live on campus. Both projects were designed by the award-winning firm of Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), which also designed the Hancock Center, new multipurpose academic building and Student Center renovation project, campus gates, pedestrian underpass, and is also responsible for the College’s Master Plan.
New Science and Allied Health Building
On the east side of campus, the new science and allied health building has risen quickly on Beck Place, just north of the pedestrian bridge. This new $33 million building is an important investment in the College’s future, as it will house a planned new Physician’s Assistant program, in addition to biology, athletic training, and many other science labs.
Other features of the building will include a lecture hall, two main classrooms, a simulation suite where students will simulate live trauma experiences using mannequins; a consultation simulation area; and several lounges where students can study or relax, including a two-story lounge on the second and third levels with large windows and abundant natural light.
This building site, where ground was broken in January, is far enough along that the bulk of the work remaining between now and a planned January 2016 opening will take place inside. As such, the project is not expected to disrupt campus activities.
In conjunction with this project, drivers will notice a new traffic signal at the intersection of Beck Place and Fulton Street.
North Campus Housing Project
On the site of the former Fontaine Annex and parking lot, Phase One of the new North Campus Housing Project is well underway. Work began earlier this year with demolition of the Fontaine Annex – the former Bank of New York Building – and site preparation. Foundation work is now nearly complete on the first of two buildings, which will add a combined total of 465 beds in single rooms arranged in suites with deluxe amenities.
Phase one is scheduled for completion one year from now, in time for the first student residents to move in for the fall 2016 semester. This project will remake the north end of campus, ultimately removing the aging Gartland Commons complex and opening up more river views and green space.
During construction, the site will be very busy as contractors work to meet their deadlines. Members of the Marist community, in particular residents on the eastern edge of Gartland Commons, will notice standard construction noise during the workday, which will typically begin at 7 a.m., extend until dusk, and include some weekends.
As with any construction activity, some disruption is inevitable. We understand that it may present difficulties for those students living closest to it. Please be assured that the College is doing what it can to minimize the impact on student life while also making sure that these very important projects move forward as quickly and smoothly as possible.
When completed, the North Campus Housing project will represent a major step toward ensuring that the College can appropriately meet the demand for student housing, while transforming the north end of campus with attractive buildings featuring modern amenities that will provide students with superior space to live and learn.
The new science and allied health building will provide improved facilities for existing programs and expanded ones for new programs that will allow the College to grow and diversify. These two projects are critical to Marist’s success and will help ensure that the College thrives in an increasingly competitive higher education environment while further transforming our beautiful campus.
For regular construction updates, please visit marist.edu/about/construction. If you have any questions about either of these projects, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, and all the best for a successful year ahead.
Greg Cannon, Chief Public Affairs Officer
Office of Public Affairs
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601