Farmingdale State College broke ground Wednesday on a 50,000-square-foot student center, part of a $185 million construction and renovation project.
Farmingdale President W. Hubert Keen said the building is meant to be a gateway to the school. He also highlighted that it will be the first building on the almost century-old campus where commuter and residential students, as well as faculty and staff, can gather.
The Campus Center will include new dining facilities for students, faculty and staff, the campus bookstore, a multi-purpose room for lecture and special events, and a student lounge.
The building will hold a silver rating in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, rating system. It boasts specialized windows that reflect sunlight reducing heat radiation and has a specialized circulation system which makes heating and cooling the building energy efficient.
The building is expected to open in the fall of 2012, which is also the school’s centennial anniversary year.