POTSDAM -- The SUNY Potsdam community will celebrate extensive renovations and a state-of-the-art addition to its largest residence hall Wednesday, Sept. 12.
There will be an opening celebration from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Bowman Hall.
Bowman Hall is the largest residential complex on campus and houses more than 700 students. Renovations began in the summer of 2008 and have included extensive upgrades to many rooms, the addition of free laundry areas on each floor, improved interior design, and a new stairwell.
Also complete is a 15,000-square-foot addition to Bowman Hall, with a technology center, a communal kitchen, social gathering areas and game rooms with air hockey, ping pong, foosball and pool tables.
The extension also houses multi-purpose rooms with floor-to-ceiling dry erase boards and moveable walls, plus a media room where students can practice for in-class presentations or just relax and watch a movie. The large, light-filled space opens up to outdoor patios.
The addition includes a geothermal heating and cooling system, reducing the college's carbon footprint. In addition, it has a Brita water station for students to fill their water bottles on the way to class, in order to cut down on plastic consumption.
The complex houses First-Year Interest Groups, where freshmen can choose to live together on a "theme" floor, based on their mutual academic interests, including an arts floor, a childhood education floor and an honors program floor.
The grand opening event will feature tours of the new space and refreshments.
More info: Kathryn Deuel, 267-2102, firstname.lastname@example.org.