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SUNY Oswego receives an additional $18 million for renovation of Tyler Hall

SUNY Oswego will use an additional $18 million in state funding to complete the renovation project at Tyler Hall, the university’s fine arts building. The project’s first phase cost more than $22 million. (Photo credit: SUNY Oswego)

OSWEGO, N.Y. — SUNY Oswego will use an additional $18 million in state funding to finish the renovation work at Tyler Hall, the school’s fine arts building.

The design work on the next part of the project will “get underway soon,” the school said in a news release issued Wednesday.

The $18 million makes it “possible” for SUNY Oswego to finish the project, Mitch Fields, associate VP for facilities services, said in the release.

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The additional work will include “modernized” studios, a lab theater, classrooms, offices, and exterior finishing.

The school has contracted with Buffalo–based Architectural Resources to handle the design work for the second part of the renovation project.

After the design phase, SUNY Oswego this fall will solicit bids for the remaining interior and exterior work. The school hopes to finish the renovation project in 2018.

The $22.2 million first phase of the renovation project on Tyler Hall lasted about two years, the school said.

The additional work on Tyler Hall means that many of the school’s faculty in music, theater, and some in art, will delay moving back into the fine arts building for at least two more years, Julie Pretzat, dean of SUNY Oswego’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts, said in the release.

Those faculty members are staying in temporary offices and other workspaces in Hewitt, Lanigan Hall, and elsewhere on campus.

Even though the renovation work will continue, SUNY Oswego has planned a grand reopening this fall for Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre, Tyler Art Gallery, a two-story music-rehearsal hall, and a new recording studio.

Pretzat calls the renovation work complete so far “exciting.”

“Once people see the new spaces, they’re going to be blown away. It will be a real showplace for the college,” she added.

The completed work includes a new box office, lobby, theater, and art gallery. Student and faculty vocalists will use a new choral-rehearsal room.

In addition, instrumentalists and ensembles will move into new rehearsal spaces. Sound designers and students in audio recording classes will use a new recording studio. Most of theater’s technical faculty, staff, and crews will also move in, the university said.

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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