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Mount’s Aquinas Hall, residence halls, and more upgraded for new semester

July 31, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Up to 15 workers at a time are replacing the roof of Sakac Hall at Mount Saint Mary College, as part of the college’s scheduled maintenance plan.

Up to 15 workers at a time are replacing the roof of Sakac Hall at Mount Saint Mary College, as part of the college’s scheduled maintenance plan. 

Mount Saint Mary College is proud to announce the completion of several campus improvement projects, including updates to the college’s main academic building and residence halls.
 
Work on the college’s summer capital projects kicked off shortly after Commencement in May, and significant progress has been made in the weeks that followed. The teamwork of dedicated Mount staff members helped to make the recent renovations a reality.
 
The college’s main academic building, Aquinas Hall, saw many improvements this summer.
Installation of another elevator in the building is well underway and is expected to be completed by July 30. This elevator will service third floor classrooms, the second floor Nursing area, the ground floor, and more, improving traffic flow and handicap accessibility for all areas. In addition, a replacement and upgrade on the west side of the Villa Madonna, which at one time served as the college’s entire residence and academic space, has been completed. After demolition of the existing entry bridge, a completely new structure was installed with new decking, railing, and lighting.
 
There are many improvements to the college’s residence halls in the works this summer. Air quality improvements, including duct distribution cleaning, are taking place currently in the College Courts residence halls. General maintenance of all living areas, including new paint and floor care, is in full force. In addition, Sakac Hall, the Mount’s residence hall for first-year women, is currently undergoing a roof replacement. The new asphalt shingles, gutters, and downspouts will be installed over the next few weeks.
 
New turf installation on the college’s main athletic field was completed in only a few weeks. The field, which is already back in use, features a new blue border to enhance the field and surrounding area. In addition, improvements to the baseball/softball field near the college’s Dominican Center are well underway and feature upgraded irrigation and improved drainage throughout the field. The work is expected to be completed before the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester.
 
The Mount also recently completed an Energy Performance Contract with the John W. Danforth Company in Tonawanda, N.Y. and ECG Group in Smithtown, N.Y. In addition to making the college more environmentally friendly, it’s estimated that the project will have an energy savings in utility costs of between 25 and 30 percent for the Mount, and also a projected operating savings of approximately $50,000 in the first year following implementation. The rebates total received for the project were nearly $100,000. Energy upgrades include installing high efficiency condensing boilers across campus, weatherization improvements to various residence halls and buildings, and interior and exterior LED lighting retrofits.
 
Other projects taking place across campus include asphalt improvements, security enhancements, improvements to Bishop Dunn Memorial School (located on the Mount campus), and more.