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SUNY Potsdam Barrington Hall


Location: Potsdam, NY

Owner: State University 

Construction Fund (SUCF)

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Built in 1968, Barrington Hall Student Union serves the SUNY Potsdam campus with dining, lounge, and assembly spaces. The building required a complete re-roofing and grand renovation of entrance and atrium spaces. Popli Design Group (PDG) worked with the client to re-imagine the dark existing spaces as a cutting-edge and acoustically high performance student forum. Roofing work was also extensive, as the campus opted to replace existing HVAC equipment with new equipment in a new penthouse.

Design work includes:

  • Design of a renovated central atrium including two large skylights, balconies, and modern acoustical treatments

  • Design of grand entrance ceilings at two main building entrances

  • Replacement of ceilings throughout public spaces and corridors to tie new aesthetics throughout the building

  • Design of artwork display systems throughout public corridor and lounge spaces

  • Acoustical modeling of existing and proposed lecture hall spaces

  • Full replacement of 38,200 square foot EPDM roofing system, including replacement of architectural roof coping

  • Provision of new insulation to bring the building up to current energy codes

  • Design of new interior elevator to serve renovated lounge space

  • Reconfiguration of mechanical services as made convenient by required roof work

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