The Columbia-Greene campus includes four academic buildings – the Main Building, the Arts Center, the Technology Center, the Professional Academic Center – and the Day Care Center.
Project Renew, a $13 million renovation — involving the Main Building and some other campus facilities — was completed in the summer of 1998. The project refitted the building for the twentyfirst century, including a geothermal heating and air-conditioning system and wiring of classrooms for video, audio, and Internet access. Highlights include new science and nursing labs, computer classrooms, and learning resource and student services centers. The facility also houses a library, gymnasium, student center, and faculty and administrative offices.
Built in the postmodern style, the Arts Center provides a creative setting in which to study the fine and performing arts. With a 450-seat theater at its core, the gabled building features sky-lit studio spaces for painting and sculpture as well as a ceramics studio and a state of-the-art photography studio. The airy structure also includes a dance studio, several teaching classrooms, and the Foundation Art Gallery. The theater, which is equipped with professional lighting and sound systems, is designed to accommodate full-scale dramas and musicals as well as live concerts.
The Technology Center, also of postmodern architecture, provides a modern home for the college’s programs in automotive technology. In addition to a core program that covers all types of vehicles, the automotive technology curriculum also features an option for Toyota/Lexus cars and light trucks.
Professional Academic Center
Opened in 2007, the Professional Academic Center completes the campus quadrangle at C-GCC. A workforce-related facility, the PAC is home to the Columbia-Greene Workforce New York Career Center, which includes a New York State Department of Labor Resource Room. The two-story structure, which offers breathtaking views of the campus, also houses the Saland Forum — named in honor of state Senator Stephen Saland, seminar rooms, classrooms, and the Alumni Gallery.
The Hudson River Environmental Field Station
The Hudson River Environmental Field Station at Cohotate Preserve, Greene County Environmental Education Center, is on the west bank of the Hudson River approximately two miles north of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. The field station serves as a college laboratory and classroom as well as a study and research center.
The purpose of the river field station is fourfold:
- expand the laboratory resources and teaching capability of the Division of Science,
- provide extracurricular study opportunities for area grade school and secondary school students
- establish a river research facility for grant-funded projects, and
- provide an ecological study and research center to support efforts to improve the Hudson River environment.
The field station serves as a laboratory annex for General Ecology, Hudson River Ecology, and Environmental Science classes on campus. The college offers an associate’s degree in environmental studies. Groups of grade school children also take part in day-long workshops that introduce them to species in and around the waterway.
The college has participated in a research project involving the infestation of zebra mussels into the Hudson River water system and its effect on the river’s native macro-invertebrate populations.
The college houses five art galleries: the Kaaterskill Gallery adjacent to the Library, the Blue Hill Gallery at the main entrance; the Belknap Memorial Gallery in the Administrative Wing; the Foundation Gallery in the Arts Center; and the Alumni Gallery in the Professional Academic Center.
Exhibits in the Kaaterskill Gallery and the Blue Hill Gallery are changed monthly; in the Foundation Gallery, three times a semester. All galleries contain a diverse mixture of works by area artists and students. The Belknap Gallery contains works from the collegeï¿½s collection, which also appear at other locations on campus on a rotating basis.
Located in the Arts Center, the Foundation Gallery is a locus of discussion and enrichment. The gallery is the principle exhibition space of the Fine Arts Department, which is dedicated to the goal of excellence in the arts. Work from both professional artists and students are exhibited in the gallery, exposing the college community to a wide range of artistic endeavors.
Lastly, the Alumni Gallery houses special exhibits.
The college strives for diversity of exhibits as a part of its effort to provide cultural enrichment for the community.