The State University of New York's Board of Trustees has approved plans for a new student union at Genesee Community College, the College learned today. With the approval comes state financing of $800,000 - 50% of the cost of the project.The Genesee County Legislature has approved a capital expenditure of $400,000 for the new building and the Genesee Community College Foundation has committed itself to raising the remaining $400,000.The new student union will be located northeast of the existing Batavia Campus structures. The building will be about 12,000 square feet and contain multi-purpose rooms for educational activities, student clubs, and other student gatherings. The building will also contain large group assembly space, a social area, and a small cafÃ© area that students can use for after-hours meals and study.The plan for a student union came about as the result of the College's Facilities Master Plan, which was prepared several years ago by the Glens Falls architectural firm of Joy, McCoola and Zilch. The Plan indicated that Genesee's enrollment had risen rapidly in recent years, and that the College had a critical shortage of non-classroom student gathering space.
In addition to providing space for student activities, the new student union will help the College remain competitive with other colleges and universities. Most area college have student unions. Recent economic impact studies have indicated that Genesee Community College brings more than $58 million in economic benefits to local communities and, as enrollment rises, this economic impact increases.
The College hopes to begin construction of the student union in late winter or early spring of 2005 and open the building late in 2005.