POTSDAM, N.Y. (WWNY) - SUNY Potsdam students were headed to school this weekend, as the campus of the college is changing.
A nearly $9 million building project is underway at Barrington Student Union. The building’s heating and air conditioning is getting an overhaul, and the entrances and lobby are getting a big face-lift.
During construction, the college store, student mailroom and Student Union dining court will all remain in operation, with temporary alternate entrances.
WAIH Radio will also continue to operate, with limited hours. The Union Market will remain open until Sept. 8, and then close for the rest of the semester.
All major campus events that are typically held in the Barrington Student Union will be relocated to other venues this year, according to a statement from the college.
The school will also break ground on a major expansion and renovation of Bishop Hall at the Crane School of Music. Preparatory work is already underway for the $3 million project, with an official ground-breaking set for early 2020.
Among other things, the project will create an official entrance to the Crane complex.
“Every investment we make that makes us more energy efficient, really helps us be a more environmentally friendly campus," Dr. Kristin Esterberg, SUNY Potsdam’s president, said Sunday.
"So absolutely we want to make sure that we provide the very best possible environment for our students.”
SUNY Potsdam is also introducing two new graduate programs - one, a Master of Science in management and the other is an online certificate program for college-level teaching. The school is also offering a new minor for undergraduate students in applied mathematics.
Classes at SUNY Potsdam start Monday, as do classes at Jefferson Community College. St. Lawrence University classes start Wednesday, and Clarkson University’s classes start September 2. Students returned to SUNY Canton last week.