Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of $10.3 Million University at Albany Residence Hall Project

Improvements to Herkimer Hall part of $47 Million in Capital Projects completed for SUNY Campuses by DASNY in Summer 2017

August 30, 2017

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a $10.3 million project to improve Herkimer Hall at the University at Albany. The project is part of $47 million in Capital Projects being completed on SUNY campuses statewide by DASNY.

"With these critical upgrades, we are transforming Herkimer Hall into a state-of- the-art facility to help keep the University at Albany competitive and attractive," Governor Cuomo said. "From faculty to classes to facilities, our world-leading state university system has unparalleled offerings to attract and foster New York's next generation of leaders."

The $10.3 million improvement project was the first major renovation of the 51- year-old residence hall. All of the building's systems were replaced in their entirety, including: mechanical, plumbing, electric and lighting. The extensive renovation completely modernized the building, adding new efficient windows, a new roof, complete retooled HVAC including valance heat, new bathrooms, updated laundry facilities, and community study and recreation spaces.

The project was done to LEED-Gold standards under the U.S. Green Building Council's sustainability and energy efficiency guidelines. Recycled content was used as well as low-emitting materials to ensure air quality.

This supports Governor Cuomo's Executive Order 88, which is to achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy use in State buildings by 2020 through the BuildSmart NY program. The New York Power Authority, and its partnership with the SUNY system and five other State agencies accounting for 90 percent of State building space, are central to the BuildSmart NY effort. The Herkimer Hall project and BuildSmart NY support the Governor's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. REV is ensuring the State meets its 2030 energy goals of reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent and decreasing energy consumption in buildings by 23 percent. It was financed through DASNY's SUNY Dormitory Facilities Program, which issues low-cost tax- exempt bonds supported by student residence hall fees.

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DASNY President & CEO Gerrard P. Bushell said, "DASNY is proud to partner with the University at Albany to provide sustainable, modern living and learning infrastructure that gives the campus an advantage in the competition for top caliber students. Best-in-class campuses strengthen New York State's economic foundation."

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority President and CEO, Alicia Barton, said, "The comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades at Herkimer Hall are another example of how New York is cutting energy costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our building stock. Under Governor Cuomo's ambitious energy strategy, SUNY campuses across the state.

University at Albany Interim President James R. Stellar said, "We're pleased to partner with DASNY and SUNY to upgrade our residence halls," said UAlbany Interim President James R. Stellar. "With growing enrollment and expansion of our academic offerings, the continuous improvement of our facilities is essential in providing a secure and productive learning and living environment for the university community."

Senator Neil D. Breslin said, "University at Albany students arriving on campus this fall will discover in the newly renovated Herkimer Hall a safe and supportive environment. Governor Cuomo's investment is ensuring the next generation has every opportunity for success while building a cleaner, sustainable New York."

Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy said, "The University at Albany is integral to the economy of the Capital Region. Investing in its campus creates jobs, attracts top students and enhances educational opportunity. I thank the Governor for his commitment to our students and to providing a high quality living environment."

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency, in support of the recently adopted Clean Energy Standard, which requires that 50 percent of the state's electricity needs be generated from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven 600 percent growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieves the internationally- recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit and follow us at @Rev4NY.


Founded in 1944, DASNY - the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York - is New York State's capital project development authority. It finances and constructs sustainable and resilient science, health and education institutions that help New York thrive. It is one of the largest issuers of tax-exempt bonds in the nation with an outstanding bond portfolio of approximately $47.9 billion as of June 30, 2017. DASNY is also a major public builder with a construction pipeline of 940 projects valued at more than $6.1 billion as of May 31, 2017.

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