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SUNY College of Optometry energized by first two phases of three-phase renovation, upgrade



New York-David A. Heath, OD, EdM, president of the SUNY College of Optometry, announced the completion of the first two phases of a three-phase, $1.86-million renovation and upgrade of research laboratories and medical facilities at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry main building in Manhattan.

"The modernized laboratories will allow our faculty, post-doctoral scholars, and graduate students to continue the groundbreaking research efforts that have placed the SUNY College of Optometry among the leading vision research institutions in the country," said the college’s President, Dr. David A. Heath.

Kevin G. Harney, Stalco Construction principal, explained: “Phase I included a conversion of an old, 1,500-sq.-ft. laboratory space into two new research labs. The new facility features an easily modified, highly adaptable lab furniture system and utility connections that allow for floor plan revisions depending on the research needs. Phase II consisted of renovations and an expansion of an additional research area and faculty offices,” he added.

Joseph M. Serpe, Stalco vice president and project manager, said: “In the final third phase of the project, Stalco will build a new surgery suite, including surgery preparation, post-op, and procedure rooms as well as two bathrooms. The procedure room will feature surgical lighting and medical countertops and fixtures.”ODT

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