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May 4, 2013

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SUNY Cobleskill had a groundbreaking ceremony on its north campus Wednesday for a suite and townhouse complex for upper-level students.

Alumni Commons, a 158-bed apartment-like housing center for baccalaureate students, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014, a media release from the college said.

The completion of Alumni Commons will coincide with the fall 2014 opening of the Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, now under construction nearby.

In Alumni Commons, students will have options to live in three-, four- or six bedroom units each with a full kitchen, individual bedrooms and one bathroom for every two students, the release said. A separate common building will be used for instruction and social gatherings to create the first living and learning environment on the north campus.

“Today’s college students have a far greater expectation for housing than in the past,” Steve Ackerknecht, vice president for student affairs, said in the release.

“These townhouses and suites will help attract and retain junior and senior baccalaureate students and will offer them an enhanced quality of life.”

Construction for the new complex is being financed by Alumni Housing Corp. LLC, which acquired the land from the college and hired LP Ciminelli Inc. to design and build the complex.

SUNY Cobleskill alumnus Kyle Tuttle, class of 1984 and representative of LP Ciminelli, will manage and oversee the project.

DENISE RICHARDSON is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact her at

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