Construction on campus has begun on the first two theme houses Sigma Chi and Sigma Delta.
Clarkson University
President's Report
Clarkson continues to invest in
the campus facilities, grounds and
to support our mission to educate
and prepare leaders ready to take on the world’s most
pressing and complex challenges.
In 2011, Clarkson’s campus expanded south
to include Dennings Point State Park in Dutchess
County, through a new subsidiary, the Beacon Institute
for Rivers and Estuaries. This expansion provides
an opportunity for Clarkson to further its expertise
in water technology research while providing new
opportunities for students to engage in cutting-edge
research. It also serves as a location for central and
downstate professionals to further their education
through a master’s degree program offered through
the Clarkson School of Business. [See p. 3]
Back in Potsdam, the campus transformation
continues through a new investment in Clarkson’s
beautiful riverfront along the Raquette River and the
further development of learning-living communities.
These include a state-of-the-art renovation of Moore
House and the construction of the first theme houses
on Clarkson’s campus.
All of these developments reflect key components
of Clarkson’s Master Plan. Finalized in 2006, the
Master Plan is the blueprint of Clarkson's future, a
re-envisioning of the campus as a place where learning
and living overlap and innovation, teamwork and
community building happens naturally.
Six years after its adoption, a number of projects
have been completed, others are well underway and
several more are in the planning and development stages.
Encounters with Nature
Thanks in part to the commitment of John ’59 and
Rosemary Munter and their family, an underused site
of natural beauty on campus has been transformed into
a scenic recreational destination for walking, biking or
bird watching.
Munter led a team that designed and built a two-
mile set of trails to highlight the beauty of the Raquette
River waterfront. Munter spent countless hours working
on the trails with equipment loaned by his family
business, Munter Enterprises, a leader in the Northeast
construction industry. In all, 22 North Country
businesses and organizations, and Clarkson alumni
contributed to the effort.
The Green & Gold Gets Greener
Clarkson’s 56,000-square-foot Student Center
earns LEED silver certification.
Greenest College
Among the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges,
The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges 2012
The Munter Trails provide the campus and local
community with spectacular views of Fall Island and
convenient access to the Raquette River, while enhancing
an overall sense of connection with the river and the
natural world.
Theme Housing
As part of the Master Plan, Clarkson confirmed its
commitment to provide campus housing for the University’s
shared interest groups and Greek community. These houses will
provide not only a place to reside for fraternities, sororities and
other groups of students, but will also include large gathering
spaces and common areas to facilitate group interactions,
meetings and philanthropic and social events.
Working with students and alumni representing these
groups and organizations, Clarkson developed site plans and
construction is underway just west of the CAMP building for
two houses scheduled to open in 2013. Sigma Chi and Sigma
Delta fraternities will be the first two groups to move on to
campus. They will be followed by Sigma Phi Epsilon.
The Future of Learning-Living
In August, a 15-month reconstruction of Moore House was
completed. More than a renovation, the new Moore House
has been redesigned to remove the barriers — both literally
and figuratively — between the academic and the social, to
accommodate new expectations in work-life integration. The
residence hall now houses some 275 students, and includes
two new wings and a fourth floor addition on each wing with
dorm suites for upperclassmen. The center core space includes
a state-of-the-art conference space and a patio.
As with all new construction at Clarkson, Moore House’s
reconstruction was consistent with Clarkson’s commitment to
sustainability, and incorporates green technologies, including
low VOC paint, well-insulated roofs and windows, and high-
efficiency energy and lighting systems.
Student Center Forum
Thanks to its state-of-the-art construction processes,
energy efficiency and innovation in design, Clarkson’s
Student Center has received LEED silver certification.
LEED is an
recognized green
building certification
system, developed
by the U.S. Green
Building Council for
high performance,
energy-efficient and
friendly buildings.
Designed by
the Boston-based
architecture firm
Perkins + Will, the
Student Center was
completed in 2010. The
goal was to create a
building that reflected
the perfect mix of functionality and fun with minimal
impacts on the environment.
Contractor Pizzagalli Construction exceeded Clarkson’s
50 percent construction waste management and 10 percent
regional material use goals by diverting 89 percent of
waste from landfills and incorporating 20 percent regional
materials into the construction of the project. The building
also makes use of special eco-friendly concrete building
blocks developed by a member of the Clarkson engineering
faculty. The overall material includes 20 percent recycled
industrial glass.
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