The Village at SUNY Oswego Bringing New Look, Features to Campus Housing

The Village, a new independent and environmentally friendly townhouse-style living option on the SUNY Oswego campus, is rounding into shape on the south side of Glimmerglass Lagoon.
The Village, a new independent and environmentally friendly townhouse-style living option on the SUNY Oswego campus, is rounding into shape on the south side of Glimmerglass Lagoon.

OSWEGO — The Village, a new living experience coming to SUNY Oswego in fall 2010, continues to round into shape on the south side of Glimmerglass Lagoon.

It represents an independent, green and modern campus living option, adding to the college’s myriad of offerings, said Rick Kolenda, interim director of residence life and housing. Five cross-campus task forces that include students have been involved in developing the Village.

“This becomes another in our many community options, including special programs in Johnson and Hart Hall, suites in Onondaga Hall, quiet floors and learning communities,” Kolenda said. “We offer a wide variety so students can find the kind of space they want.”

But the Village, to house 350 students, brings features not seen before on the lakeside campus that currently houses around 4,200 students. Its 12 townhouses and community center present innovations ranging from the living arrangements to the walls themselves.

Suite options

The Village housing options include 38 three-story six-bedroom units, 26 two-story four-bedroom arrangements and four single-floor four-bedroom units compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

All units have single bedrooms ranging from 116 to 136 square feet, providing more individual space than traditional residence halls. The ground floors consist of a living room and kitchen, separated by an island, measuring 13 feet by 25.5 feet. Kitchens include a full-size stove, microwave, dishwasher and at least one refrigerator.

The six-bedroom units will feature two full bathrooms and two refrigerators. Four-bedroom units will feature separate shower, sink and toilet compartments so three people can get ready at once with some privacy.

The buildings’ appearance and close proximity evoke the look of a cozy traditional European neighborhood. What Kolenda called “the great lawn” offers a green space in the center where students can throw a frisbee around or just hang out.

The Village’s community center will contain a cafe, recreation area (expected to include a pool table, ping-pong table and piano), TV sets and seating so that larger groups can enjoy more popular programming, meeting rooms, student mailboxes, and the office and apartment for the director of the community.

New arrangements

Because the bedrooms are all singles and bathrooms have separate elements, men and women will be allowed to live in the same townhouse unit if they so choose. Those in co-ed arrangements must select the option specifically and sign a special agreement.

Because the Village is a more independent option without resident assistants, applicants must be upperclassmen with on-campus living experience. To apply for consideration, those admitted to Oswego as freshmen must have accrued 45 credits and be in at least their fourth semester living on campus. Students admitted as transfers should have at least 45 credits and be in at least their second semester of Oswego campus living. All must carry at least 12 credits and remain full-time students while living at the Village.

To streamline the placement process, applicants in groups of six or four will have priority over smaller groups and individuals.

Green living

Many features for the Village reflect the college’s focus on sustainability, as the residential complex aims for gold certification under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building standards.

The exterior walls are made of structural insulated panels — strong prefabricated panels with insulation in the middle — that result in less construction waste while better maintaining interior temperature against heating and cooling.

The Village’s focus on high-efficiency fixtures and fittings includes two central mechanical spaces with efficient boilers and chillers, heating and cooling through radiant ceiling panels and low-watt compact fluorescent lighting. A 1,000-watt windmill on a 60-foot tower, while not generating power, will be on site for educational purposes.

Kolenda described living on campus as “an immersion experience” where students are close not only to their classes but also to one another. “Whether they live in the Village or one of our other residential options, it’s all about living where you learn and being part of the special place that is the SUNY Oswego community,” he said.

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