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Several construction projects on Stony Brook University’s campus are nearing completion. The revamp of the old Kelly Dining building—the second phase of the development of West Side Dining—is scheduled to be completed this week, and the Faculty Student Association (FSA) will open the facility after a four to six week preparation period.

The basketball arena in Pritchard Gymnasium and the new computer science building on Engineering Drive will open in Fall 2014. However, the renovation of the Pritchard Gymnasium pool is on hold as the university awaits funding from the State University of New York capital construction budget.

Meanwhile, the university recently started its latest project: a Medical and Research Translational (MART) Building on the east campus. Construction began in November 2013 and is expected to be completed in May 2016.

Other projects have not yet entered the construction phase. A residence hall and a dining center on Toll Drive is set to open in spring 2016, despite previous statements from the university in 2011 that the dining center would be completed in 2014. The Stony Brook Union will be closed for renovation once the Toll Drive complex is built and able to replace the Union’s food services.

Lauren Sheprow, the media relations officer for the university, told The Statesman, “Construction is a key indicator of the progress and growth of a college campus.”

Arielle Martinez

Arielle is a senior journalism major in Stony Brook University's Honors College. She joined The Statesman as a copy editor before covering USG senate meetings for the news team. She has also written for The Chronicle of Higher Education and Long Island Press. She was an editing intern at The Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minnesota during the summer of 2015 as part of the Dow Jones News Fund. (Twitter: @AMartinezNews). Contact Arielle at: [email protected]

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