State Budget Includes SUNY Canton CARC Project

The 2008-09 New York State budget included $21.2 million for SUNY Canton’s new Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center (CARC) Project, announced President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“This funding will not only help SUNY Canton build a new athletic center,” Kennedy said, “It will dramatically transform our entire campus and help bring additional funding and jobs to the area.”

Athletic Center

In 2006, the College received $18 million to construct an ice rink and convocation center. The scope of the initial project changed dramatically because of a need for a new athletic facility. The new project is estimated to exceed $40 million, and will include a gymnasium, field house, fitness center, locker rooms, staff offices, pool and an ice rink.

Last October, the athletic department unveiled a $1.8 million all-weather lighted synthetic turf field, which is currently being utilized by both SUNY Canton’s athletic teams and several area High School and College teams.

The College has already begun planning and design phases of the construction project utilizing M/E Engineering of Plattsburgh and Architectural Resources of Buffalo, for site sampling, surveying, and blueprints. An official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for later this spring, with a projected completion date of January 2010.

“The State University Construction Fund and the architects have worked closely with us to scope out the immediate and future needs of the campus,” Kennedy said. “We still may not have all the funding for equipping the entire building, but we are certainly moving in a very positive direction.”

SUNY Canton worked closely with both former Governor Eliot Spitzer’s and Governor David A. Paterson’s administrations, state senators Darrel J. Aubertine and Joseph A. Griffo, former State Senator James W. Wright, assembly members Dede Scozzafava and Janet L. Duprey, and several other members of the New York State Legislature, and local community.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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