Contractors pouring concrete at the New York State Fair.

Division of Architecture Becomes Design & Construction

Division of Architecture Becomes Design & Construction

Today's Office of General Services includes the Design & Construction (D&C) group, a 300-person organization with approximately 100 licensed professional engineers and registered architects on staff, helping to support our client agencies' core missions and serving the people of New York State.

However, when OGS first started operations on October 1, 1960, Design & Construction was not included in the original agency structure. It wasn't until September 1, 1967, that the Division of Architecture, formerly a part of the Department of Public Works, joined OGS and became the Public Buildings Design and Construction Group. The Department of Public Works went on to become the modern-day Department of Transportation.  

The transfer of design and construction functions to OGS brings the full responsibility for planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of State public buildings under one agency's control for the first time in New York State's history.

-The Searchlight, October - November 1967


Throughout the 1960s and 70s, the Design & Construction Group completed several major public building projects, including the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building in Harlem, the Utica State Office Building, and the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown. More recently, today's D&C managed several modernization and improvement projects at the New York State Fairgrounds, including the construction of a new front gate and exposition center. 


Do you remember...drafting tables as far as the eye can see?


Historic photo of a drafting room from 1967.
A Design Room in Building 4, Harriman Campus, 1967.