August 16, 2021

SUNY Oswego Selects CannonDesign to Lead Renovation of School of Communication, Media and the Arts

SUNY Oswego has announced that CannonDesign will lead the transformation of Hewitt Hall, home to the School of Communication, Media and Arts (SCMA).

As part of a massive campus renewal plan, the renovation project will transform the school’s Hewitt Hall into one of the nation’s premier, hands-on learning spaces for communication studies.

Bringing all departments of the SCMA under one roof — including broadcasting, graphic design, cinema and screen studies — the renovated building will be one of the most technologically advanced facilities of its kind. The building’s main floor will feature a two-story atrium showcasing a television studio suite, a newsroom, classrooms and faculty offices. The ground level will house audio and podcast studios and other technology spaces such as virtual reality labs. The second floor will be designed to support graphic design education and offer collaborative workspaces.

In addition to designing a state-of-the-art facility, school administration tasked our team to design a welcoming, contemporary space where students would want to learn and work together. “The renovations will create open and inviting spaces that support collaboration and offer comfortable areas where students, faculty and even the outside community will want to spend a lot of time,” said Michael Agate, lead architect on the project.

As the school continues to prioritize environmental efficiency in renovated buildings, the new Hewitt Hall will include several sustainable and energy-efficient features such as geothermal wells. These wells, which the school successfully executed in the renovation of its science and engineering building, harnesses the earth’s warmth to heat and cool buildings.

“Our design team has enjoyed working with campus leadership, departmental representatives and students who have been committed to making this project a reality. It’s going to be a fantastic project that we will all be proud of when it’s complete,” Michael said.