10 Years of Campus Improvements

Hartwick’s major investment in campus improvements include a broad range of projects completed since 2008. Highlights include:

Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation, 2018: The Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation (GCCI) is the umbrella for Hartwick College’s creative Makerspace in Stevens-German Library, the Entrepreneurship Hub (e-Hub) in Golisano Hall, the Fabrication (Fab) Lab in Anderson Center for the Arts, and other future Innovation Stations across campus. Former Trustee Sally Griffiths Herbert ’88 and Tim Herbert named the Center in honor her “Pop,” entrepreneur and innovator Jim Griffiths P’88.

Clark Nursing Simulation Lab, 2018: This specialized space approximates an actual 11-bed hospital unit with a nurses’ station and equipment including otoscopes, blood pressure equipment, and ophthalmoscopes. The resulting hands-on, rather than observation only, learning experiences facilitate first year students’ understanding of the applied science of nursing as they prepare for clinicals. This new laboratory builds on the success of the simulation lab in Johnstone Science Center, which is in heavy use by upper class nursing students. Both facilities were underwritten with generous grants from the Clark Foundation.

Campus Gateway, 2017: This much-improved approach to the Hartwick College campus provides a stronger brand presence on West Street and highlights the College’s main entrance. Better sight lines at the West and Clinton Streets intersection and a crosswalk at the main entrance promote access and safety.

Founder’s Way, 2017: Hartwick Drive, from the West Street main entrance across to Johnstone Science Center, is now an open pedestrian walkway that highlights Hartwick’s hillside setting with spectacular views across the Susquehanna Valley. Project highlights include a picturesque pergola, various seating areas, new stairways, and an outdoor amphitheater for teaching and gathering.

New Residence Hall, 2017: This apartment-style residence hall increases the living options available to our students and enables the College to realize our longstanding commitment to being a fully residential campus. This popular residence hall for upper class students offers them the convenience and community of on-campus living with heightened independence.

Yager Patio, 2017: A set of changes met the dual goals of increasing safety while enhancing the aesthetic of this iconic campus building. Improvements included replacing retaining walls, portion of staircase walls, and patio railings, as well as the walk and lights along the lower side of the adjacent Frisbee Field.

Campus Paving, Sidewalks & Lighting Improvements, 2016-2017: Increased safety and mobility for the campus community has been the result of milling and repaving all main campus roads and parking lots. Parking and vehicle travel around campus have been improved, as have sidewalks, signage, and lighting.

Dewar Union, 2016-2017: A new and unobtrusive loading dock on the back of this center-campus building has replaced the previously prominent dock on Hartwick Drive; an adjacent elevator now reaches four floors of the building; and the addition of a pedestrian bridge allows the community to move safely above loading dock traffic from Holmes Hall to Founders’ Way.

Johnstone Science Center, 2015-2017: First floor renovations made way for Hartwick College’s renowned Center for Craft Food & Beverage; second floor renovations included turning an underutilized computer lab into a new 40-seat classroom; and fourth floor renovations expanded the innovative Nursing Simulation Lab for upper class students. Further projects included the renovation of greenhouse windows and environmental controls for more energy-efficiency; new boilers as the need arose; air conditioning for geology, microbiology, and labs; and connecting animal rooms to a back-up generator.

Anderson Center for the Arts, 2013-2016: Extensive renovation to the Anderson Theatre, including new seats, sound system, sound panels, performance and ambient lighting, and carpeting. Music spaces benefited from new instrument lockers, new environmental controls for the instrument storage area, and upgrades to the Music Circle rehearsal and performance space. The art and studio art areas of the building benefited from a new ventilation system.

Binder Physical Education Center, 2015 & 2016: Women’s and Men’s Locker Rooms and Team Rooms were renovated and refurbished and are now named for inspiring coaches and a leader among the fans. Locker room highlights include new lockers, showers and shower partitions, lights and light fixtures, paint, wall tile, and murals highlighting Hartwick athletes. Team room upgrades also include flat screen televisions, custom wood lockers, and rubber flooring.

Clark Hall, 2015-2016: The Language Lab was upgraded and new flooring was installed in classrooms and corridors throughout the building.

Shineman Chapel House Renovation, 2016: Renovations to the Celebration Room gathering space include new a sound system, projector and screen, sound panels, lighting, furniture, carpeting, windows, doors, and paint. Previously unused offices have been transformed into a multidenominational Contemplation Room that better meets the worship, meditation, and personal reflection needs of our diverse student body. The Human Resources office suite was also refurbished.

Yager Hall Improvements, 2016: The roof of this focal point of campus was replaced. Infrastructure improvements include humidification for the archives and rare book room as well as select fan coil replacements on the second and third floors.

Pine Lake Environmental Campus, 2008-2015: Upgrades began with improved wireless internet service and continued with the completion of the all-natural, student-designed Cob House; improvements to the historically important Vaudevillian gathering center; and interior refurbishments and external enhancements to residential cabins, Robertson Lodge, and the lakeside classroom and field station. Further investments include a Nissan Leaf, all-electric vehicle as a student shuttle to main campus; a completely rebuilt high ropes pole course; and the addition of an indoor bouldering/climbing wall in the Vaudevillian. Heating systems, including pellet stoves, have also been upgraded.

College Bookstore, 2015: The Hartwick College Bookstore, which is managed by Barnes & Noble, has been renovated and expanded. With support from Barnes & Noble this project yielded increased space for book sales and Hartwick specialty gifts. Textbook services were relocated to another floor in Dewar Union.

John Christopher’s Cafe, 2015: Hartwick’s dining options expanded, and so did ready access to specialty coffee drinks, when John Christopher’s Café became part of the centrally located fourth floor of Yager Hall. A gift from Aramark Corporation yielded this distinctive campus space that includes both comfortable seating and high top tables and chairs. Adjacent to Stevens-German Library, John Christopher’s Café is often used as a 24 hours a day study or gathering space. Students named the café for Hartwick’s founder and a competition among art majors yielded the café’s clever logo.

Dewar Union Welcome Desk and Commuter Area, 2014: At the third floor entrance to Dewar Union, students “man” the information desk to assist other students and visitors with questions about events and information about navigating campus. The adjacent commuter student area includes seating, vending, a microwave and refrigerator, and dedicated lockers.

Stack Lounge and Patio, 2014: Students asked and we listened: the fully renovated Stack Lounge in Dewar Union is now their 24-hour campus living room. Large, arched windows maximize the view across Frisbee Field to Yager Hall and the new patio with outdoor seating overlooks lower campus and the stunning Susquehanna River Valley beyond. Stack Lounge offers students two flat screen televisions, group study tables, high top tables, and dozens of comfortable chairs. There is also a piano relocated from the President’s home, a billiards table, an air hockey game, and a vintage pinball machine donated by an alumni couple.

The Sally Griffiths Herbert ’88 Aquatics Center, 2014: A major gift from then-trustee Sally Griffiths Herbert ’88 and her husband Tim made possible important improvements to the Moyer Pool area. Visible changes include starting blocks, diving boards, and handicapped access. Among the unseen improvements: a filtration system that utilizes an inert volcanic ash as its medium, a variable speed drive pump control, an automated pump sensor that assures a constant filtering process, and a UV sterilizer. The Sally Griffiths Herbert ’88 Aquatic Center now encompasses Moyer Pool, coach offices, and the Coach Dale Rothenberger P’00, P’02, P’05 team rooms for both women and men swimmers and divers.

James J. Elting H’13 Fitness Center, 2014: The Elting Fitness Center in the Binder Center was renovated and refurbished thanks to gifts from the family and friends of the late Jim Elting H’13, former chair of Hartwick’s Board of Trustees. Expanded to 4,000 square feet, Elting Fitness now includes a plyometrics and agility room, state-of-the-art Keiser equipment powered by air compression, Power Lift power rack Squat/Bench Olympic lift systems, and cardiovascular-specific equipment.

The William V. Campbell H’10 Fitness Center, 2014: A major addition to Dewar Union, this 6,500 square-foot, state-of-the-art exercise facility serves the wellness needs of all Hartwick students. Campbell Fitness Center incorporates the Perrella Cardio & Strength Training Center, which recognizes the generosity of Trustee Emeritus Frank Perrella ’50, H’93, PM’12, P’75, and the Hutman Studio for dance and group fitness, which honors Professor Emerita Norma Hutman. Campbell Fitness Center is named for Hartwick friend Bill Campbell, the longtime Chair of the Board and former president of Intuit, Inc., the parent company of QuickBooks and TurboTax. He also served as the Chair of the Board of his alma mater, Columbia University.

Center for Craft Food & Beverage, 2012 – 2017: First floor Johnstone Science Center is home New York State’s first and only brewing industry resource for testing, education, and business development. The Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage (CCFB) is comprised of two laboratories full of specialized equipment as well as dedicated office space, storage, and a conference room. The CCFB fills a business niche, contributes to the vitality of the regional economy, and is a magnet for experiential learning among the College’s science majors. The required space renovations and equipment purchases resulted from Hartwick’s strategic partnerships with local, state, federal entities and public and private funding.

Slade Theatre, Yager Hall, 2012: Improvements were made to enhance audience experience, including installation of new seats, new carpeting, and acoustics.

Laura’s Lounge, 2011: With funding from Student Senate, Laura’s Café became Laura’s Lounge. Renovations include a variety of seating and an upgraded audio-visual system. The design highlights the small stage, which becomes an intimate entertainment space for open mic nights, comedians, and acoustic performers. Its convenient location alongside Table Rock Café and Stack Lounge in Dewar Union makes this a popular student gathering space.

Lambros Arena, 2008 and 2011: Renovations include improved lighting, new bleachers, new playing surface, and paint in this key athletics space in Binder Physical Education Center. The home of ’Wick basketball and volleyball was renamed Labros Arena in honor of Hartwick alumnus, longtime basketball coach, dedicated volunteer, and outstanding ’Wick fan Nick Lambros ’59.

Bresee Hall Lobby, 2008 and 2011: In 2008, the Bresee Hall lobby was painted and the floor was refinished as part of the reconfiguration of the Office of Admissions suite and Larsen Lounge. In 2011, former trustee Betsy Phelps P’89 and Stan Phelps P’89 underwrote refurnishing the lobby area of Hartwick’s most historic building.

Golisano Hall, 2008: Hartwick’s newest academic building is comprised of 36,000 square feet dedicated to academic departments, classrooms, breakout rooms, conference rooms, study lounges, and offices for faculty and staff. It is also home to the PSGE Center, comprised of the offices of career services and global education and service learning. Golisano Hall was the first LEED-certified building at Hartwick and in Otsego County. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a certification system developed by the the U.S. Green Building Council; energy efficiency and water conservation are among the green building features incorporated into the design of Golisano Hall.  

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