Sometimes in our lives, good things come back from the dead.
I finished the design drawings for this project back in 2011. It was the first “big” project I landed for my one-man firm a ran out of my living room in Huntington Village on Long Island. I remember being deep in the belly of the Great Recession in 2010 when I was awarded the job along with the landscape renovation for the campus dining hall. I was elated that I had won both projects, but I was also terrified that I had to produce conceptual drawings, preliminary budgets, design development, construction drawings and field review for two medium sized institutional landscape projects in a short amount of time without any help. I spent many late nights and weekends grinding on the projects along with tough meetings with State officials, but every deadline was met.
Both the gymnasium and the dining hall projects involved major landscape renovation to provide better access and to bringing the sites up to current ADA standards. The dining hall construction started almost right away, the gymnasium sat idle for so many years I was convinced it was never going to happen.
The original main entrance to the building was dark, enclosed and inaccessible (I referred to it as ‘The Gladiator Pit’). To enter the building a person in a wheelchair would have to go down a steep driveway to get to the loading dock area in the rear. My first thought on my initial site visit was that I needed to provide access, so friends don’t have to separate to enter the same building. With that said, I’m proud to announce that the State University of New York, Purchase College Gymnasium Project Lives. Check out the construction photos to prove it.
Congratulations to the students, faculty, staff and the State of NY!