A rendering of the proposed new dorm and dining facility as seen from a southwest view. File photo from SBU
August 05, 2014 | 02:47 PMStony Brook University broke ground recently on the first phase of the new 759-room student housing facility and 60,000-square-foot dining center on John S. Toll Drive, between the Charles B. Wang Center and Mendelsohn Quad.
Scheduled to be completed by fall 2016, the new facility will offer housing for upperclassmen and bring total on-campus housing to more than 10,300 beds. Construction on the second phase is anticipated to start in December.
The new facility on John S. Toll Drive will feature two modern buildings: Phase I will consist of building a 303-bed residence hall and Phase II will construct one with 456 beds, adjacent to the first. The units, mostly suites with four single-occupancy bedrooms, will each have a living room and two bathrooms. The facilities will be fully air-conditioned, with individual thermostatic controls, and will offer high-speed wired and wireless Internet access and other amenities.
The dining center portion of the project will replace nearly all food service venues in the Stony Brook Union, so that building can be converted to a dedicated student services center. The dining hall will offer multiple dine-in and take-out choices, seating for more than 800 students and comfortable gathering places with full wireless Internet access.
"With this groundbreaking, we are taking an important step to address the growing housing and dining needs of our students," said Stony Brook University's president, Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr. "The new facility will offer outstanding on-campus living and dining options; it will help us reduce the density of assignments in other residence halls and ensure that students seeking on-campus housing are accommodated. We are thrilled to have this project underway and continue to be fully committed to consistently increasing the quality of life for our students."
Combining the dining and residence projects means that the new dining facilities will be close in proximity to the academic mall, the new Stony Brook Arena, the new recreation center, the Wang Center and the nearly 3,000 students who will live in the immediate area.
The new facility comes at a time when Three Village residents, led by the Stony Brook Concerned Homeowners, have been calling for university and Brookhaven Town officials to address complaints of overcrowding in homes used for off-campus student housing. While SBU doesn't regulate off-campus housing, it has reached out to students to guide them in finding appropriate, legal housing.
Anthony DeRosa, one of the founders of the homeowners group, has been working with SBU's communications department and hopes the dorm "will relieve some of the pressure from some of the students who are renting off-campus" but said that there should be more campus housing options.
The on-campus facility is expected to open in 2016.