Genesee Community College OK's Art Gallery Construction

Genesee Community College's Board of Trustees Monday evening approved $852,900 in contracts for the construction of a new art gallery at the Batavia Campus, subject to review and approval by the architects for the project.

Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees Monday evening approved $852,900 in contracts for the construction of a new art gallery at the Batavia Campus, subject to review and approval by the architects for the project.

Bids for the project were due Friday, June 4. Low bidders winning the Board’s approval were Steve General Contractor, Inc. of Caledonia, General Construction ($590,000 base bid and $648,000 total bid with allowances); T. Bell Construction Corp. of Rochester, Mechanical ($112,700 base bid and $122,700 total bid with allowances); Thurston Dudek LLC of Ontario, Plumbing and Fire Protection ($43,200 base bid and $53,200 total bid with allowances); and Concord Electric Corp. of Rochester, Electrical ($107,000 base bid and $117,000 total bid with allowances).

The art gallery will be located east of the existing Genesee Center for the Arts lobby. The one-story gallery will have about 1,700 square feet of exhibit space, as well as storage work space. The gallery will house modular walls which can be used to accommodate a wide variety of exhibits, including visual works, sculpture, ceramics, and other media. The gallery will be built with “smart technology,” which will make new media and web-based exhibits possible.

The new gallery will be used for student instruction, as well as exhibits of work by students and artists throughout the region. The College has formed a community advisory committee to help the College develop policies for the new gallery, and involve area arts organizations in gallery exhibits.

The art gallery was designed by Joy, McCoola & Zilch, of Glens Falls, award-winning architects for colleges and universities throughout the northeastern United States. Joy, McCoola & Zilch also designed the Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union and the Conable Technology Building. The Conable Technology Building won a juried award for excellence from the American Institute of Architects. Target date for completion of the facility is late October 2010.

The new art gallery will add an exciting new dimension to the College and a new opportunity for community outreach, President Stuart Steiner said. “Throughout the College’s history, we have taught the fine arts and exhibited artistic works as best we could,” he said. “But our exhibit space has been very limited. A professionally-designed gallery, with modern and secure exhibit space, will be a wonderful resource for our students, our region’s arts community, and residents of our region.”

The gallery is being financed with funding from the State University of New York Construction Fund, and gifts from the Genesee Community College Foundation and Genesee Community College Association.

In other business Monday evening, the Board of Trustees:

Approved a $261,150 change order for renovation if the existing Batavia Campus tennis courts. The original tennis court work, planned as part of the recent athletic facility upgrade project, was put on hold until the remainder of the work was successfully completed.

Heard Nominating Committee member Glenn R. Morton report that the Committee is recommending that Trustee Charles R. Ruffino serve as Chair for the 2010-2011 year; Maureen Torrey Marshall, Vice Chair; and Diane D. Torcello, Secretary. The Board will elect officers at its July 19 annual meeting.

Heard Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Virginia M. Taylor report that applications from prospective full-time students for the fall 2010 semester totaled 3,710 as of May 31, up 19.1% from the 3,115 applications received exactly one year earlier. Three hundred eighty-seven individuals have applied for admission as part-time students, up 15.5% from the 335 individuals who had applied for part-time admission a year ago.

Heard President Stuart Steiner report that 1,550 students had enrolled in Genesee Community College’s 2010 summer sessions, up 117 from the 1,433 students who had enrolled during record-breaking summer sessions in 2009. Dr. Taylor reported that 270 area high school seniors had enrolled in Genesee courses this summer through the Genesee Promise Plus program, up from the 255 high school seniors who enrolled last year. Dr. Taylor noted that high school seniors still have almost a month to register for courses, so the number of seniors participating in courses this year will probably be higher than 270.

Heard Director of Development and External Affairs Richard Ensman report that cumulative gifts to the Genesee Community College between 1985, the year of the Foundation’s formation, and 2010, totaled $8.82 million. During that period, 6,365 individuals and organizations made contributions in support of student scholarships, building programs, endowment, and other college programs. Mr. Ensman thanked trustees for their personal financial support of the College.

Heard President Stuart Steiner report that five individuals will join the College’s faculty this fall. Marshann Thomas of Rochester will become Director of the College’s new Polysomnographic Technology program. Ms. Thomas is a registered polysomnographic technologist and registered respiratory therapist at Unity Health System in Rochester. She has also served Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester and Gadsden Community Hospital in Florida. She holds an A.A.S. degree from Erie Community College, a B.S. degree from SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, and a M.E. degree from the University at Buffalo. She is nearing completion of a Ph.D. at Florida State University. Toni Boyd, currently a Ft. Collins, Colorado resident, will join the faculty as Instructor of English. She has teaching experience at St. Louis Community College and the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She has also worked as a freelancer author, and as a freelance editor with the Colorado State University School of Education. Ms. Boyd holds the A.A. degree from Southeastern Community College in Iowa; a B.A. degree from Western Illinois University; and a M.A. degree, also from Western Illinois University. Brian Fraser of East Aurora will become Instructor of Chemistry and Mathematics. Dr. Fraser spent 13 years working in the semiconductor industry and has served as a member of the adjunct faculty of Genesee Community College and Buffalo State College. He holds a B.A. degree from SUNY Potsdam and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. Kathleen Klaiber, currently of Jordanville, New York, will join the faculty as Instructor of English as a Second Language/English. She has more than a decade’s college teaching experience, including service at Utica College and Herkimer County Community College. She holds B.A. degrees in Literature/Communication and Spanish from Pace University, and a M.A. degree in Applied Linguistics from University of Utah. Ronald Schumacher of Rochester will join the faculty as Instructor of Engineering and Mathematics. Mr. Schumacher has served as a member of the adjunct faculty of three area colleges: Monroe Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Finger Lakes Community College. He has served as a career advisor for CSTEP, a Monroe Community College program fostering preparation for technology careers. He also spent many years working in industry as a product specialist and engineer. Mr. Schumacher holds an A.A.S. degree from Erie Community College, and B.S.M.E. and M.S.M.E. degrees from the University at Buffalo.

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Editor's Note:  Links to renderings of the new art gallery: