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CORTLAND, N.Y. — KSS Architects has designed an $11 million expansion and renovation project at State University of New York's (SUNY) Cortland campus. The project will add a two-story, 20,000-square-foot wing to the 43,000-square-foot Studio West building. The addition will be used to consolidate several departments within the School of Professional Studies, including recreation, parks and leisure studies, communication disorders and sciences, kinesiology and sports management. The first floor of the new addition will include a clinic with an audiology chamber, observation and therapy rooms, a library and a resource area for the communications disorders department. The second floor will contain faculty offices. The wing will be linked to the existing building through a courtyard and connector. The other component of the project includes renovations to the existing Studio West building. The interior of the building will be reconfigured for easier navigation, two light wells will be added along the two main corridors to enhance natural lighting, and a geothermal HVAC system is being added along with an electronic control system. The project is being designed to meet LEED-Silver criteria but is not formerly pursuing certification. Groundbreaking occurred in October and completion is slated for early 2011.

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