February 12, 2011
SUNY Cortland Children’s Museum to move
SUNY Cortland’s Children’s Museum is moving to a new home that its directors hope will offer more visibility in the community: the McDonald Building at 60 Tompkins St.
The space became available in January when the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, formerly called speech pathology and audiology, moved into the new Professional Studies Building on Pashley Drive.
The museum has been located for two years on the ground floor of the O’Heron Newman Hall, the campus worship center at 8 Calvert St. It was housed before that in a building on Pomeroy Street.
“We’re really hoping this improves our visibility and accessibility,” said Emilie Kudela, co-director of the museum with Susan Stratton. “Parking will be much better, since we’ll have an off-street lot and on-street parking. We’re very excited.”
Kudela and Stratton are professors in childhood and early childhood education. Students in their department help at the museum, which offers exhibits and interactive exercises for children ages 2 1/2 to 10.
The move will take place between March 5 and March 26, Kudela said.
The lease was up for the Newman space and college facilities planning staff offered the McDonald Building.
The Children’s Museum is open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Kudela said the museum will be on the first floor of the McDonald Building, in the front, and a space for students to meet will be on the second floor.
She said the museum’s play area, dress-up area, exhibits, books and other attractions will be relocated.
Jeff Lallas, SUNY Cortland’s director of facilities planning, said the McDonald Building also will be home to two academic departments. The college is still deciding which departments will move there.
Faculty and staff have been moving around SUNY Cortland’s campus since the Professional Studies Building opened last month.
The $11 million building, consisting of the renovated former Studio West with a two-story wing built onto the east end, now houses four departments in the School of Professional Studies: kinesiology, sport management, communication disorders and sciences, and recreation, parks and leisure studies.
The college will leave office space in Van Hoesen and Cornish halls empty until science faculty move there next summer from Bowers Hall, which is scheduled for renovation and alteration, Lallas said.
Those offices were occupied for a year by displaced kinesiology and sport management faculty.
Bowers Hall will begin a $43 million renovation that will replace the front area — a one-story section of classrooms and labs — and add 18,000 square feet to connect it to a larger section of the main building, which is shaped like a capital “L.”
Office space formerly occupied in Park Center by recreation, parks and leisure studies faculty will now be used by physical education and athletics faculty and staff, Lallas said.
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