Project: Hawkins Hall Preservation
SUNY Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh, New York (1998)
Owner: State University Construction Fund, Jim Galarneau (518) 443-5700
SUNY Plattsburgh Director of Facilities:
Stan Supinski (518) 564-5010
Contract Amount: $9,037,000
Length of Construction: 23 Months

This project is the second of a two phase historic preservation renovation of Hawkins Hall, the oldest building on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. Both phases of the project have been constructed by Murnane while the classrooms and faculty offices in the building continued to be occupied by the University. This phase of the project included the historic preservation and renovation of Giltz Auditorium, the major venue for music and theater for the Plattsburgh community. Renovation was completed by Thanksgiving, 1998; six months ahead of schedule.
Work completed included classroom and office reconstruction, complete replacement of the windows, and utility/infrastructure upgrades. Safety and coordination of activities have been crucial to the success of this project by segregating construction activities from the faculty and students, and by minimizing disruption of classroom activity by scheduling extremely noisy work during off-hours.

This project earned a 1999 Build New York Award for Murnane Building Contractors.

On May 2, 1999 in ceremonies celebrating the rededication of Hawkins Hall, State University President, Horace A. Judson presented Murnane Building Contractors with a Distinguished Achievement Award, “For your remarkable performance as general contractor of the Hawkins Hall renovation project. Your excellent workmanship, combined with your superior work ethic, led to an outstanding result.”