For Immediate Release — August 25, 2004


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516


GENESEO, N.Y. — The State University of New York at Geneseo will dedicate its newest residence hall in a ceremony at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, 2004.

Putnam Hall, an 82-bed facility connecting to two other residence halls on the north side of campus, was designed to incorporate the newest styles in residence hall living.

Construction on the $4.5 million, 28,500-square foot building began last June and was completed on schedule and in time for the start of the school year. The corridor-style hall has paired bedrooms sharing a bathroom and is primarily for upperclassmen, who return to campus Saturday.

The four-story building will house about 20 students on each floor. Each floor has a modern kitchenette and laundry facilities. In addition, each floor has a stylish lounge or conference area, where students can meet, study or socialize. Rooms have multiple hook-ups for computers, telephones and cable television, and modular closets.

Putnam Hall connects to Wyoming and Allegany halls in what is known as the North Village area of campus and has one of the best views of the Genesee Valley.

"It’s a beacon to the North Village and a marker post," said Jeff Kaplan, director of facilities planning and construction for the college.

Putnam Hall was designed by Bergmann Associates, P.C. and constructed by Javen Construction Co. Inc.

Putnam County Executive Robert Bondi will be on hand to help dedicate the building named after the downstate New York county.

SUNY Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl will help cut the ribbon.

The dedication ceremony immediately follows the college’s 3 p.m. opening convocation in Alice Austin Theatre in Brodie Hall.

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