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Inside Eagle Hall

by brockportnews
Tue, Sep 11th 2018 09:00 pm

When applying to a college, the appearance of its campus can be a big factor in the decision making process. The recent beautification of The College at Brockport’s campus has drawn the attention of many, especially with the new edition of Eagle Hall.

The new dormitory rests on what used to be the old rugby field, giving its residences easy access to the SERC and Harrison dining hall. While for many students it may have seemed like Brockport decided to create this new establishment out of thin air, the plan has actually been in the works for a few years. According to Associate Director of Residential Life Craig Ross, adding the new hall was only the beginning to the many renovations planned. The idea for this wave of change actually began in 2012 with a committee of different branches.

“We began in 2012 by collaborating with Facilities and Planning, the Dormitory Authority for the State of New York, SUNY and other campus stakeholders to develop our ten year master plan for construction,” Ross said.

Of course a lot of precise planning had to be put into moving the process along. The main matter discussed was money, and making sure there was enough to go around. The cost of having a new structure is what can determine how much students are charged on their housing bills. Ross recalled in the early stages that one of the most important things was being as cost effective as possible so as to not be a burden to the students, and to also keep up with other New york state schools. Having the new hall does not interfere with the set college tuition in any way. 

With each step of the building coming to life, a sample must be sent to the President’s office for review. As mentioned before, this was only the start to the renovations planned. Although the college’s population has had exemplary growth over the years, a great deal of students may wonder why the new hall was necessary. 

“In order to begin renovations of the middle quad buildings we needed additional space on campus to house students during those renovations,” Ross said.

“The technical term is called swing space.” 

Buildings such as Mortimer and Perry have been around for ages and house a multitude of the community’s upperclassmen. It would only make sense for them to move the students so they could give these buildings the updates they need. Although there are no plans for another residence hall in the near future, ideas to revamp the campus on other buildings have come about. 

One thing that makes Eagle Hall even more attractive is the fact that it is set up like a hotel room. It differs from any other dorm on campus because it houses two per room, but each room has its own bathroom. It houses a smart room set up like a classroom where students can study. It’s strategic location added to the charm because students can get to all main points on campus from there. Based on information from Ross, freshmen are the only people who cannot live in this dormitory. 

“For the most part, our first-year halls have been renovated in the past 10 years and are in good condition, so we decided to build Eagle with the intention that it would be available to returning students.”

Ross noted they have already seen a rise in upperclassmen choosing to stay on campus rather than move elsewhere.

“We have found that it has attracted a handful of students who lived off campus last year,” Ross said. “We hope that as more students see the building and it’s amenities, that they will want to live in Eagle in their Junior and Senior years.”

The students who reside in Eagle Hall all seem to be happy with the new building, and the list to get into the building was extensive, to the point where it was full before the building was officially finished. Junior Shaunie Walker described it as “a breath of fresh air” compared to the other dorms on campus. Juniors Shantell Perkins and Licemee Mbama-Mpolo said the hall felt “homey” and was “a home away from home.”

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