After extensive renovations, Dana Hall on SUNY Canton’s campus located in New York’s beautiful north country, is now home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence & Cybersecurity. Built in 1967, Dana Hall was SUNY Canton’s original athletic facility and was one of three buildings on campus designed with unique glulam structural beams. It played an important part in campus life and the local community, hosting SUNY Canton commencement ceremonies as well as local high school graduations and sports events. The building ultimately was slated for demolition due to structural issues with the glulam beams that give the building its character. However, with the help of a specialized consultant, all the glulam beams were repaired, and all structural concerns were resolved, freeing the building up for the growing Criminal Justice programs.
In order to meet the space requirements of the programs, a decommissioned swimming pool was infilled and the second floor was extended. The new floor area allowed for the creation of classrooms, crime scene forensics lab, criminal investigation lab, crime scene staging room, practice interrogation rooms, classrooms, faculty offices and conference rooms.
Hosting the University Police under the same roof as the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence & Cybersecurity provides opportunities for collaboration among UP and students. The University Police required a command Center, lobby, offices, holding room, evidence room and renovated locker rooms. To support the new programs, the facility’s MPE systems received a complete upgrade. The Center is also home to the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy and the SUNY Canton Corrections Academy.
The Center has been in use during the summer months for the Corrections and Law Enforcement Academies and will welcome students for the fall semester.