January 6, 2010

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Topping off ceremony held at new SUNY Orange Newburgh campus

Construction workers guide the beam into place

NEWBURGH – Construction workers Tuesday hoisted the top beam into place at the new SUNY Orange campus in Newburgh, marking the ceremonial placement of the final beam on the building.  The campus, which will house facilities for health studies and science programs, will be ready to start classes for the spring 2011 semester.

College President Dr. William Richards said the facilities are a milestone for the Middletown-based college.

He said this building “is probably the most significant advancement in the history of the college since its founding 60 years ago.” 

The building will hold 2,400 students with a three level underground parking complex. It will have labs on the top floor with offices and a student center on the lower levels.

As a full-fledged college campus, degrees will be granted in Newburgh, unlike the present SUNY Orange satellite campus in Newburgh.

Congressman Maurice Hinchey said that the new facility will stimulate growth in the city of Newburgh. 

“The most important thing that it’s going to do is make a big difference in the quality of education and the availability of that education for a great many of the young people here,” Hinchey said.

County Executive Edward Diana, a SUNY Orange alumnus, said if “we had built schools before jails, you wouldn’t need jails as large.” 

Diana believes Newburgh will become an all-American city once again with the new campus as the beginning, starting at the waterfront and moving up Broadway. 


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