SUNY Geneseo Opens Bailey Hall

Friday, September 12, 2014

SUNY Geneseo cut the ribbon to officially open the renovated Bailey Hall on campus, now home to four social science departments: anthropology, geography, psychology and sociology.

The building originally opened in 1965 as the Bailey science building, housing physical sciences such as chemistry, biology and physics, but when the Integrated Science Center opened its doors in 2006, the physical sciences moved there, allowing the college to begin the Bailey Hall renovation. The result is a larger, more energy-efficient building containing modern classrooms, offices and laboratory space. The $23-million project was completed in about two years, funded by the State University Construction Fund.

“The Bailey Hall renovation has gone very smoothly and provides both students and faculty in the type of space they need for effective learning and research activities,” said Carol S. Long, interim Geneseo president. “Like all of our newer buildings, we incorporated energy-efficiency into the new Bailey to support our campus sustainability initiatives.”

Energy-efficient aspects of the 120,000 sq. ft. building include heat-pump technology, the use of Energy Star equipment and natural light treatments such as skylights to illuminate interior spaces. The team developed a design that radically reconfigured this former “hard” sciences building into a social sciences center facing the campus’ formal College Green. Bailey Hall is designed with 10 general-use classrooms that were purposely located in an addition, while the existing building, with its small structural bay size and low (12 ft) floor-to-floor, houses the smaller program (offices, meeting rooms and small classrooms).  Separating the new and existing is a two story atrium, student common space, for casual interaction between students and faculty.