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New state-of-the-art residence hall at the College at Brockport

Aug 30, 2018

Brockport Eagle Hall
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Officials cut the ribbon on a new 263-bed residence hall at the College at Brockport.

And using a method that is different from traditional construction, the facility was put up in just over a year.

The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York constructed the building, using the concept of design-build to expedite the process, according to Director of Construction in Western New York Operations, Rob Ryan.

"You save a lot of time in your schedule by virtue of the fact that you've got a contract awarded early on, and while it's still being designed, you're already starting construction," he said.

He says the living spaces are constructed with the needs of today's students in mind.

Smart classroom at Eagle Hall
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"We've got a large multi-purpose room, we've got a smart classroom, a very warm, inviting lobby, essential stair locations that kind of pulls the students together, there's lounges on each floor that have kitchens and tables for study, there's separate study lounges that have windows to the hallways that create the community effect, " he said.

College at Brockport President Heidi Macpherson said move-in day was an exciting time for students.

"The first time they were inside, was when they moved in.  And they were the happiest students I've ever seen, because this is a beautiful building with everything that they could possibly want," she said.

She says it's a great new living and learning space.

Brockport Eagle Hall
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"They have the opportunity not only in the independent rooms that they live in but they have lounges on every floor, there are opportunities for interactive classrooms and some other, open spaces.  So there is opportunity for them to have organized learning as well as the informal learning that happens when students meet together and talk about their work," she said.

Macpherson says the new building also features modern fire-safety equipment, and state-of-the-art security systems and card access throughout.

The new Brockport Eagle Hall took 13 months to build at a cost of $24 million dollars.