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PAT Councilors Get Update on Moves Necessitated by New Business School

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
July 21, 2010

Artist rendition of the proposed Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics

Doug Bencks, university architect and director of Campus Planning, attended the July meeting of the PAT Council to provide details on departments that will move out of their current locations to accommodate the construction of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.

In 2008, Paul, a 1967 graduate in business administration, gave UNH $25 million to build the school and challenged supporters to raise the additional $25 million needed to fund the new college.

The school is slated to be built on Garrison Avenue, across from Stoke. Grant House, Hersey, Schofield and Verrette House will be demolished to make way for the business school. Departments located in those buildings will move to other properties on campus.

According to Bencks, Admissions (now in Grant House), the Counseling Center, the Disability Services for Students office, and the Center for Academic Resources are being relocated to Smith Hall, the former residence hall for international students. That move, Bencks said, should take place sometime in December.

The psychology department will move from Hersey to Nesmith this summer while Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP), now in Verrette House, will move into Wolff House and Professional Development and Training, also located in Verrette House will relocate to Stoke Hall.

Next May, University Communications and Marketing will relocate to a portion of the recently shuttered New England Center Conference Center on Strafford Avenue next May. The remainder of the conference center building will be mothballed as planning continues for its reuse, Bencks said.

The New England Center‘s residential building will now be referred to by its formal name, the Adams Tower. The newer of the two towers, Adams Tower West, is in the process of being converted from a hotel into student housing to be occupied this fall.

It has yet to be decided what will become of the New England Center’s dining room. Bencks said there has been mention of using it as a satellite gym or for the Office of Sponsored Research, now located in the Service Building on College Road.

The UNH police station, located behind Schofield House, will stay where it is for now, Bencks said, although there is a continuing effort to identify space that could fit its needs.

Bencks also said a preliminary study has been completed that looks at repurposing areas in Dimond Library to create more student work spaces, improve organization of services, and provide areas for partner campus organizations. One of the recommendations is to locate the university club referenced in the strategic plan in the 2,500-square-foot microfilm room of the Dimond Library, as resources like microfilm and bound periodicals are quickly becoming computer based.  


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