The State University of New York at New Paltz


A three-level, 12,000-square-foot expansion of the 1970 student union at the State University of New York, New Paltz. The addition includes meeting rooms, a game lounge, a study mezzanine, group study rooms, and a large, informal commons. Ten thousand square feet of adjacent space in the existing union was renovated, including the bookstore and two floors of former offices, which became a food court and a gallery for social functions.

Design concept and solution:

The ikon.5 team sought to transform the gateway of the university by adding a new entrance to the concrete Brutalist student union. The expansion also gives students lots of informal gathering space, which was lacking in the existing building. Taking inspiration from a nearby rock-climbing cliff called Shawangunk Ridge, the architects envisioned the new building as a steel and glass palisade. To create an angular, column-free enclosure, they designed a structural tube-stress-skin system in large planar sections, which were assembled on-site like a giant puzzle. The architects laid ceramic fritted glass over the steel stress skin, choosing an abstracted rendering of the tectonic plates of the Shawangunks for the pattern of the frit. Inside, they added recyclable glass in blue and orange (the school's colors) to the concrete slab flooring and polished it smooth for a terrazzo-like look.

ikon.5 architects
864 Mapleton Road, Suite 100
Princeton, NJ 08540
Tel: 609.919.0099  Fax: 609.919.0088

Location: The State University of New York at New Paltz

Completion Date: August 2010

Gross square footage: 10,000 new; 12,000 renovation

Construction cost: $10 million


The State University of New York

ikon.5 architects
864 Mapleton Road, Suite 100
Princeton, NJ 08540
Tel: 609.919.0099  Fax: 609.919.0088

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Joseph G. Tattoni, AIA, ALA – Design Principal
Arvind Tikku, AIA – Managing Principal
Charles J. Maira, AIA, LEED AP – Technical Principal
Benjamin Petrick, AIA – Project Architect
Michael Herbst, AIA – Architect
Shawn Daniels – Architect

Interior designer:
ikon.5 architects

Civil: The Chazen Companies
Structural: Robert Silman Associates
Mech., Elec., Plumb., Fire Prot.: Altieri Sebor Wieber

Landscape: Mathews Neilsen
Lighting:  Charles Cosler Theater Design
Other: Furniture: Galina Design Group

General contractor:
Niram Construction Co.

© Peter Mauss/Esto
Tel: 914.698.4060 |



CAD system:
AutoCAD 2008

Exterior cladding
Metal/glass curtainwall: Skylight: Super Sky
Wood: EIFS, ACM, or other: Copper Panels: Pre-Patina Copper by Zahner

Metal: Standing Seam Copper Panels: Pre-Patina Copper by Zahner

Steel: Aluminum: Storefront: YKK

Glass: Viracon
Skylights: Super Sky

Entrances: Besam
Metal doors: Curries
Wood doors: VT Industries
Fire-control doors, security grilles: Security Grille: Dynamic Closures / Fire Door: Cookson Rolling Doors
Special doors (sound control, X-ray, etc.): Operable Partition: Modernfold

Locksets: Best Lock Corp.
Hinges: McKinney
Closers: LCN
Exit devices: Detex Corp.
Pulls: Elmes

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings: Armstrong
Suspension grid: Armstrong
Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore
Paneling: GFRG Panels: Plastrglas
Plastic laminate: Nevamar
Special surfacing: 3form, Ice Stone, Meganite
Floor and wall tile (cite where used): Creative Materials Corp.:
Toilet Rooms: Wall – Nova Architecturra, Floor – Area Lanica
Resilient flooring: Armstrong, Ecosurfaces
Carpet: Lees

Office furniture: Knoll Systems
Reception furniture: Knoll, Allemuir, Brayton, HBF, Fritz Hansen
Chairs: Knoll
Tables: Neudorfer, Versteel

Interior ambient lighting: Perimeter LED Strips: Philips Color Kinetics
Downlights: Commons: Louis Poulsen | Pre-Function: Schmidtz | Food Court: Delray Lighting | Entertainment Commons: Rambusch
Exterior: Bega

Crane, Sloan, Elkay