Physical Plant Special Collections Research Center

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one story L-shaped tan building

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Construction Began: 1949

Architects: Harry A. and F. Curtis King

Contractor: O'Brien Contracting

Materials: Cinder block

Cost: $50,228

Location: 285 Ainsley Drive

Original Space: 16,000 square feet

Cost of 1952 Addition: $128,633

Contractors for Addition: R. A. Culotti Construction Co.

Additional Space: 9,000 square feet

Notes: In 1949, a warehouse was erected on Ainsley Drive to house materials stored at the New York State Fairgrounds as those buildings needed to be made available for the 1949 state fair. The new warehouse also held a maintenance shop, a garage, and storage facilities for university food services. An upgraded sprinkler system was added in 1963 when Building and Grounds moved in. Later renamed Physical Plant, the building housed the main office of the department responsible for maintenance to academic, administrative, athletic facilities and fields, grounds, and landscaping.