Moving on along…

Wallace State Oneonta Center project gains momentum



Architectural firm Goodwyn, Mills & Caywood has submitted the initial conceptual front elevation drawing and floor plans for the Wallace State Oneonta Center, set for construction on the site now occupied by the Oneonta Public Library. They are shown here. City officials hope to meet an ambitious schedule to build the center and have it ready to begin classes in roughly two years – in time for the spring semester of 2018.

City manager Ed Lowe said the city plans a series of meetings beginning soon to present the campus concept, drawings, and plans to the community. He said the purpose is to solicit comments, input, and concerns about the project, expected to have a “game-changing” impact on future development prospects for both the city and the county.

Lowe emphasized these drawings are a first iteration representing planned functions and associated space requirements. He said they will be adjusted as needs become more fully defined.

Meanwhile, further efforts have begun to prepare the Oneonta National Guard Armory as a temporary center for Wallace State to conduct classes until the permanent building is completed. The schedule of classes for the spring 2016 semester at the armory has been printed and will soon be available locally, as well as on the Wallace State website at