Ceremonial ribbon cutting for new apartment community, 8/31/17

Hartwick Officially Opens Newest Residence Hall

August 31, 2017

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning, Hartwick College officially opened its newest residence hall, a $7.1 million living-learning apartment community that can house up to 72 upper-class students.

Located between Johnstone Science Center and Oyaron and Hilltop residence halls, the new 31,000-square-foot facility features two- and four-bedroom apartments, gathering and programming spaces, and teaching and study rooms.

“We are reminded that each Hartwick student over these past 220 academic years – and now each student who comes to us filled with hope and promise – inspires us to act in ways that prepare them and assure our collective future,” said Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich. “This complex is a living-learning space that connects us to and honors our past, even as it complements our future-oriented, living-learning mission.”

The College has made many improvements to its facilities in recent years, the result of successful Campaign fundraising. The addition of the William V. Campbell H’10 Fitness Center and the extensively renovated Stack Lounge in the Dewar Student Union, as well as the refurbishment of every existing residence hall, are recent projects that directly address student lifestyle preferences. This is the first residence hall built on campus since Hilltop and Oyaron Houses opened in 1995, and the first new standalone building since Golisano Hall opened in 2008.

The new space provides:

  • Both two-person and four-person apartments; all bedrooms are single rooms
  • Each apartment has one bathroom (two-person unit) or two bathrooms (four-person unit)
  • Full kitchens with refrigerator, oven, and microwave
  • Eat-in counter top with stools
  • Fully furnished bedrooms and living rooms
  • Central air conditioning
  • Common lounge spaces on each floor
  • A multi-purpose room (lounge) on the main floor
  • Second floor laundry room

As pointed out by the President in her remarks, the building’s design intentionally links to elements that can be found across the campus. The exterior stairs bring to mind Memorial Staircase near Dewar Hall, the porch columns reflect those of Bresee Hall, and the brick-and-white exterior honors Clark and Bresee Halls.

The space finalizes the campus’ progressive housing model. First-year students live on campus in traditional double rooms or suites, providing lifelong learning experiences with a roommate. Upperclass students now have the opportunity to enjoy independence while remaining on campus, choosing a townhouse or the new apartment community with in-demand amenities.

Other recent campuswide improvements include paving, transforming Hartwick Drive into a pedestrian concourse, refurbishing Yager Patio, installing new light poles, and enhancements to Dewar Union, including a new elevator, footbridge, and relocated loading dock.

Construction began on the apartment facility last year. Students began moving into the space in mid-August, and all beds are filled for the fall term.

For more information on the new apartment community, visit our website.