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SUNY-ESF Ranger School Adds "Smart Classroom"


WANAKENA, N.Y. — The rehabilitation of SUNY-ESF's Ranger School is the first capital improvement project at the school in 40 years.

The $6 million project will expand the Ranger School's main building to 46,240 square feet, an increase of more than 11,000 square feet. This is the first expansion of the 1928 building since an addition was constructed in 1960.

New facilities will include a 92-seat lecture hall designed for distance learning, a “smart classroom" with 40 seats, a conference room, a dining center that can seat 96 people and new kitchen facilities.

The rehabilitation of existing facilities will include construction of a new lab with 40 drafting stations and a computer lab with 30 stations. The rehabilitation will also include new dormitory rooms, library space, mechanical rooms, a new roof for much of the building, and miscellaneous support facilities. Many of the building's utilities will be upgraded.

Christopher L. Westbrook, an assistant professor who directs the forest technology program, said the rehabilitation will also include a number of facilities designed to support student services. Those include fitness and game rooms, a student lounge and a kitchenette.

The rehabilitation project is overseen by the State University Construction Fund. It is scheduled to be completed in 2003.