Posted at: 09/27/2013 4:35 PM
Updated at: 09/27/2013 7:37 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
ALBANY - With snips of the ceremonial scissors, the old New Scotland Avenue armory was declared renewed and re-purposed Friday afternoon.
"It's easier to build a new one than renovate a building of historic significance," said Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings. "I understand that so you deserve all the credit in the world for what you guys have done."
Renovate is what Sage Colleges chose to do after buying the 68-thousand square foot building on three acres last year.
"We literally were out of space on this campus and we saw the armory's vast potential," said Sage Colleges President Susan Scrimshaw.
The building, now known as the Armory at Sage, is conveniently located adjacent to the existing Sage Albany campus.
This is only phase one of the renovation, adding 21-thousand square feet of classroom and office space. They still have more classrooms and offices to add, as well as take on the biggest part of the armory, the three story high drill shed.
"Our vision for the drill shed is to create a multi-purpose space," said Scrimshaw. Some of you will talk about you saw the circus in the drill shed. You saw the chocolate show, the flower show. We're going to create a space for everything from athletics to conference and special events."