First constructed in the early 1930’s, Hawkins Hall was the first building at the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a landmark of the College, revered by both students and alumni.
ENVISION prepared a feasibility study and master plan for the repair and renovation of this 132,000 sf campus landmark. The work was undertaken in phases over ten years. The study included the repositioning of several academic departments, including Mathematics, Fine Arts, International Studies, and Geography / Land Planning. The Computer Services department and a major computer lab for general student use were located in previously underutilized basement spaces. New administrative offices for academic departments and for the offices of the President were created from former classrooms. Tiered lecture halls were inserted in an old gymnasium. Classrooms, offices, and other spaces were updated with technological upgrades, improved heating, lighting, acoustics, air conditioning, accessibility and life-safety code compliance, as well as general repair and restoration.
The centerpiece of the project is the complete renovation of Giltz Auditorium, a significant historic interior with a seating capacity of 800, the largest performing arts venue in Plattsburgh.
ENVISION developed a three-part construction phasing schedule that allowed continuous occupancy of the building for students, faculty, and administration during construction.