The first day of summer, Monday, June 20, was not only the longest day of the year, but a very productive one, as the college moved into its newest home at 680 Westfall Road in Brighton, N.Y. (Photo: Walter Lewis, move-in project lead)
The facility sits on 4.2 acres and is designed to provide access for students, alumni and the people of the greater Genesee Valley region to a wide variety of college and community-based events. “This is the first building owned by the college outside of the coordinating center in Saratoga Springs,” noted Michael Mancini, chief of staff for the president.
Margaret Corbin '72, the first graduate from the region, is excited about the move and called to wish the college well. “I’m looking forward to attending the grand opening of the new building on Sept. 14 and to see our new home,” she said.
Tracy Zappola, coordinator of regional operations in the Western region, was on hand to provide social media coverage of the move. She kept the college’s followers updated on the day’s progress. “I’m happy for our colleagues here,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for the college to serve our students in this part of the state better.”
Ann Turner, chairwoman of the college’s foundation board, was impressed with the new location and all it has to offer students. She was on hand for the move, receiving a personal tour from Sam Conn, interim executive vice president for information technology and administration, who pointed out some of the new technology incorporated into the location, including the Node Nexus. As a way to say thanks to everyone involved with the move, the foundation provided lunch for those moving in that day.
Besides Conn, a number of administration and staff were there to lend a hand, including Walter Williams, vice president for advancement; Clayton Steen, vice president of enrollment management; and Cathleen Sheils, executive director, who will oversee the operations of the college’s Western region from the new building.
The $10 million, two-story, 30,000-square-foot structure was designed, constructed and will adhere to U.S. Green Building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design initiative Silver specifications. LEED is a nationally accepted green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.