Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the University need to build a hotel on campus?
More than a half-million guests and visitors come to Stony Brook every year to attend our conferences, symposia, events, and activities. These include the Stony Brook Film Festival, Parents and Family Weekend, Homecoming Weekend/Wolfstock, and commencement and convocation ceremonies. The University also hosts many visiting dignitaries. In addition, tens of thousands of patients treated at Stony Brook University Medical Center have family and friends visiting from outside the area. An on-campus hotel will offer comfortable accommodation to all our guests.
Where will the hotel be located?
The proposed hotel will be constructed on a 3.7-acre portion of an 11-acre parcel of land (nearly two-thirds of the parcel will remain undisturbed), just east of the University Administration Building parking garage.
Why was this site selected for the hotel?
The project site was proposed in 1986 by the New York State Legislature and approved by the Office of State Controller, Office of Budget, and the Attorney General’s Office in 1989. The process was affirmed by the courts in 2008 after a legal challenge was filed in 2004. It took 20 years and several failed attempts to identify a developer that was interested in both preserving a buffer and working within legislative ground lease parameters and University guidelines.
How will the hotel impact the look of the area?
The University worked with the developer to minimize impact on environmental vistas, and a buffer will remain between Nicolls Road and the hotel construction parcel. To facilitate the necessary construction requirements, the developer was required to clear a modest corridor in order to secure access to utility resources – electricity, gas, sewer, water – from the point of origin on Nicolls Road to the hotel. In order to minimize view of corridor, a landscaped barrier known as a “berm” will be installed along the Nicolls Road clearance. All other existing natural vegetation along Nicolls Road will be preserved under the identified “no clear” and “no build” zones.
Significantly, in response to faculty, staff, students, and community members, the originally-designated site for the hotel was moved further away from Nicolls Road, and the hotel entrance was relocated to Circle Road.
Was there an environmental assessment required to construct the hotel on state property?
Yes; the environmental assessment has been completed.
Will the hotel have any "green" features?
Yes. There will be energy-efficient components built into the building, making the hotel LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). To be LEED-certified, new buildings must comply with a number of green building standards.
When will the hotel open?
Construction is expected to be completed in February, 2013.
Who is going to pay for the hotel's construction?
All construction and operating costs will be financed by the developer, SBHC Private Equity IV, LLC. The developer will make payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) to the town. As part of the ground lease agreement, Stony Brook University will receive a $100,000 annual lease payment and a minority equity share in the hotel. In addition, the developer will pay an annual three percent escalation fee on the lease agreement. All funds generated through the lease will stay on campus.
What kind of company Is SBHC Private Equity IV, LLC?
SBHC Private Equity IV, LLC is a construction management firm based in Port Jefferson, N.Y., owned by Dr. Robert J. Frey a two-time Stony Brook University alumnus having earned his BS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics in 1980 and his PhD in the same discipline in 1987. Frank Toner, chief operating officer and head of construction, is also a Stony Brook University alumnus (M.S., Industrial Management, '79). Dr. Frey approached the University with a proposal for a hotel that preserves the buffer and conforms to legislative restrictions and University footprint guidelines, and views this project as a way to give back to the area and to Stony Brook University, in particular, enabling it to remain a strong community presence.
What will the hotel look like and offer?
The proposed hotel will be five stories tall and have 135 guest rooms. It will feature a brick exterior facade to match the campus aesthetic, with a dedicated parking area and entrance off Circle Road, just south of the Administration Building parking garage. The hotel’s landscape design will be consistent with the existing campus aesthetic. Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, exercise room, sundry shop, and casual dining facility, as well as 5,000 square feet of conference space. This new meeting space, coupled with the University’s growing number of centers of excellence and world-class programs, will create opportunities for a greatly expanded conference schedule, which should draw more visitors to the area and have a positive impact on local businesses in the area.
Who will oversee hotel operations?
The hotel will be operated under the Hilton Garden Inn franchise; Crescent Hotels & Resorts, LLC is the management company.