Rendering of the Campbell Fitness Center and Stack Lounge Renovation

Hartwick College Announces New Construction and Renovation Project

March 8, 2013

Hartwick College has announced plans to renovate the Dewar Union building. The $3.4 million dollar, 14,800 square-foot construction project will include a revitalization of the current Stack Lounge and the addition of a new, state-of-the-art exercise facility.

The renovation will include the creation of a 7,500 square-foot "living room" area dedicated to the use of students as a social, recreational, gathering, and study space. The project will also feature the creation of the 7,276 square-foot William V. Campbell Fitness Center addition - a state-of-the-art exercise facility designed to meet the needs of all members of the Hartwick community. The College will begin the first phase of the project this month, and the facilities are expected to be complete and ready for use within the calendar year.

Student input was key toward the decision to pursue this project. Though the Dewar Union has served the College's students well since its construction in 1954, Hartwick continues to make facilities improvements that promote, facilitate and nurture a strong and vibrant residential community.

"In anticipation of this project, we conducted focus groups and surveys of students to learn more about what campus development was most important to them," said Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich. "The need for a gathering space on campus emerged - a space that would encourage the connectivity that is unique to a residential, liberal arts, educational experience. I am thrilled that our students wanted this space, and that we are able to provide it to them because of the generosity of donors who believe in the power of this approach to learning."Rendering of the Campbell Fitness Center and Stack Lounge Renovation

Cody Fiduccia '12, past vice president of Hartwick's Student Senate, shared his thoughts on the College's reaction to student feedback.

"On all levels, Hartwick was responsive and sensitive to what we as a student body were looking for - an identifiable space that looked and felt owned by the students," said Fiduccia. "Being involved in the development phase of the project in my role as the Student Senate vice president gave me an even deeper appreciation of Hartwick for its ability to relate to us and to include students in every part of this project as it developed. Through President Drugovich's leadership, the administration really took students' ideas and perspectives into consideration far above and beyond what I would think typical in such a process. I am proud that my alma mater is consistently improving."

With this update, the identity of Dewar Union as the "heart" of campus will be reaffirmed. The project will include a window wall that will connect the renovated student lounge to the adjacent Frisbee Field. Windows in the Campbell Fitness Center will frame the breathtaking landscape of the Susquehanna Valley from the College's vantage point atop Oyaron Hill.

"Health and academic success are interrelated," said Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Meg Nowak. "To achieve our educational mission, our students need to be healthy physically, mentally and socially. Designed with students in mind, the Dewar Student Union serves as the focal point of campus activity - a multifunctional place for students, fusing student life and recreational activities under one roof."Rendering of the Stack Lounge Renovation

Hartwick College Director of Dewar Union and Campus Activities Megan Fallon also serves as the chair of the campus construction project committee, which was formed by Drugovich to work closely with the architect, HOLT Architects of Ithaca, NY, to assure that the final project would best meet the needs of the campus community.

"This project has truly engaged the entire Hartwick community," said Fallon. "Once the internal project committee was formed in 2012, we immediately began meeting with the project architects to create a timeline." A builder to lead the project construction effort will soon be selected.

"One member of the committee, Foreman Gallery Exhibit Coordinator Nancy Golden, has a great design background and was able to contribute to the flow of the space," continued Fallon. "Another member, Head Women's Basketball Coach Melissa (Missy) West, was able to speak to the usage of the fitness center equipment. Once finished, this space will be a great place for relationship building on campus, not only among students, but also between students, faculty and staff. If students want to meet their professors about an assignment, they will now be able to do so in a more casual environment than the typical office or classroom setting - perhaps meeting over a cup of coffee in the new lounge space."Rendering of the Campbell Fitness Center

William V. Campbell H'10, principle project donor and the Campbell Fitness Center's namesake, agreed that the new fitness center and lounge space will create a welcoming area for the Hartwick community.

Campbell is currently the chairman of the board directors of Intuit Inc. He received an honorary degree from Hartwick in 2010. At that time, Hartwick celebrated Campbell's notable career and leadership within, and beyond, the technology industry.

Prior to assuming his current position as chairman of the board of directors of Intuit in 1998, Campbell served as the company's president and chief executive officer. Under his leadership, the company's market value grew from approximately $700 million to nearly $3 billion as Intuit solidified its position as the leader in tax, personal finance, and small business accounting software. In that time, the company also invented a new class of web-based finance businesses delivered through, Intuit's website. Campbell also serves on the board of directors of Apple Computer Inc. and is the chair of the board of trustees of Columbia University, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees.

"I fell in love with Hartwick from one visit," said Campbell, who was introduced to both the Oneonta area and Hartwick College by the late Dr. James (Jim) Elting. "It was such an upbeat visit. I loved the layout, the energy of the students ... I could tell it was a very special place. What appealed to me, in particular, about this project was Margaret Drugovich's passion - she is smart and cares deeply about the college. I wanted to do what they wanted to do. This project will create a more social environment, a gathering space for the Hartwick community, and this is something that Margaret felt strongly about."

Rendering of the Stack Lounge Renovation
Additional funding for the project will come from individual donors and local entities including The Dewar Foundation, located in Oneonta, NY. "I think this is great for Oneonta," Geoff Smith, Dewar Foundation trustee, commented on the project. "This donation is part of a continuum of support [from the Dewar Foundation to Hartwick College]."

"There is so much collaborative work going on at Hartwick among the faculty, students, and staff," added project donor Debra French '80, Hartwick trustee and Alumni Board member. "The Hartwick community is tight-knit, and the new Stack Lounge will be our "family room." It's important to give back to the college that gave so much to me, my husband [Steven French '80], and our son [William French '09]. We are all so different, yet Hartwick believed in each of us. We support Hartwick today so that others can reap the same rewards."

As the project construction begins, the Hartwick community can expect the ongoing growth, enhancement and success of the College.

"These changes are consistent with where we've been, and where we want to go," concluded Drugovich. "Current students, parents, future students, alumni, the Oneonta community, and the greater Hartwick community as a whole can be proud of this achievement and of all those to come here at Hartwick College."

To view a gallery of renderings from the architect, please visit the project photo gallery. For more information, contact Vice President for Institutional Advancement James Broschart at 607-431-4026 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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