SUNY Oswego inaugurates construction of Hewitt Hall – Oswego County today
OSWEGO – After honoring President Deborah Stanley at Founders’ Weekend Luncheon and unveiling a multi-million dollar endowment for the ice rink and convocation hall, SUNY Oswego broke new ground on the $ 80 million Hewitt room renovations.
The long-awaited project has been in preparation for several years and is expected to be completed in 2023. The university has hosted alumni in addition to several prominent figures such as Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay, Assembly Member Harry Bronson and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras to begin construction. of what should be one of the best facilities in the country for broadcasting, communications, graphic design, journalism, and film and screen studies.
“Hewitt Hall will be the designation to explore the production and design of communication, media and the arts, providing world-class digital technology facilitates for programs in film, media, journalism, design, visual and performing arts, relations public and communications, ”Stanley mentioned. “The building will include state-of-the-art broadcast studios, production and engineering spaces, and graphics, video and audio spaces. “
Stanley particularly wanted to thank several teams including the Campus Concept Committee, the Hewitt Hall Committee and the Facilities Services team. She added that the space will have world-class technology and cutting-edge spaces that will continue to support the university’s mission.
“The building will fulfill our mission to be learner-centered by having collaborative spaces absolutely throughout the building,” said Stanley. “When completed, Hewitt Hall will become a facility where the best students, faculty and distinguished staff from across the country come to find a practical, state-of-the-art learning and teaching space. This is in addition to an $ 850 million renewal program that has made our campus increasingly competitive in academic programs. “
After Stanley, Malatras spoke about the facility that will be built by DiPasquale Construction and Turner Construction. He explained how important a learning center like this is in helping students in their future.
“Now more than ever, we need students to get into communications and media, not only to find ways to express beauty and creativity through new visual arts mediums… but also to say the truth to power, ”said Malatras. “We need it more than ever in our society. We need our students to find ways to empower everyone and this ease [will help do just that]. “
He added that the job wouldn’t be complete without the help of the New York State Assembly which is “putting a lot of money into SUNY” to help create a world-class institution that students deserve.
“Our students are second to none and deserve world-class facilities to support the education they receive from faculty,” said Malatras. “And too often, public education is often overlooked. We don’t have these state-of-the-art facilities. But it is because of our legislative delegation, because of the executives … who inject hundreds of millions of dollars into SUNY that we can now afford. [these] types of projects.
For Bronson, a SUNY Oswego alumnus, the decision to approve many of these investment projects is easy. He has reflected on the opportunities the SUNY system has given him and has a strong desire to provide similar opportunities to current students.
“Every budget cycle that comes along, I think of SUNY Oswego and I think of the opportunity that has been presented to me because of what SUNY Oswego is doing,” said Bronson. “For me, making a decision on capital projects is really easy because it’s a gift for another generation. It is a gift for the students. It’s a gift of opportunity and to create those environments where they can learn and grow.
Beyond the university, the surrounding community will benefit from the construction. The Hewitt Hall renovation project will create 439 local construction jobs, resulting in labor costs of $ 38 million.
Also at the inauguration, Julie Pretzat, dean of the School of Communications, Media and the Arts, unveiled plans for a new film and screen studies department. In addition to the new department that will enhance the university’s film and screen studies major, the project will consolidate SUNY Oswego as a mainstay in the education of modern journalists.
“The collaborative spirit, creativity, vision and excellence that are the essence of what we do at SCMA will be captured in this $ 80 million renovation, creating the most technologically advanced home and at the cutting edge of media technology in the SUNY system, New York State and the country, ”Pretzat said.