INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Work moves ahead on residential buildings, Events Center
By : By Karen Fennie
With the arrival of summer, a number of campus con- struction projects are moving ahead.
Finishing touches are underway on the construction of the first two residential halls of Mountainview College. Hunter and Marcy halls will be turned over to the campus in July. More than 600 students will reside in the buildings this fall. Meanwhile, the foundations are in place for the next two buildings, Windham and Cascade and excavation for the dining hall for Moutainview began last week.
Other projects include:
Events Center: With work about 85 percent complete, crews are pouring the concrete for the event floor and painting continues in several areas of the facility including corridors and restrooms. Major pieces of equipment such as the scoreboard, portable basketball floor and additional bleachers have been ordered. The contractual completion date for the Events Center is April 2004.
Parking garage: The contractor has completed replacement of the low quality backfill that was causing drainage problems and removed old lighting fixtures and exit lights. New drainage is being installed on the lower deck. The structure is expected to re-open in the fall.
Hinman Dining Hall: Most of the work on the second floor has been completed and most of the new windows are installed. Kitchen equipment and a new service elevator have arrived. Work continues on the lower level and exterior stair towers.
Door replacement: The contractor is nearly finished replacing doors for Science 1. When materials arrive, the contractor will begin work on replacing some doors in the Fine Arts building.
Renovation projects: Physical Facilities is renovating the “F” pod in the Engineering Building into a trading room for the School of Management. Several projects to prepare for new research faculty hires are in various stages of design and construction. Newing residential director apartments are being renovated and Johnson and O’Connor Halls in the Dickinson Community will be painted. Paint crews will head to Brandywine and Nanticoke in the Susquehanna Community in coming weeks.
Energy meters: A project to electrically meter all the buildings on campus to better manage energy is underway. Meters have been installed in all the residential halls and dining halls and similar work is now underway in state buildings.
Parking: Work to provide additional parking and reconfiguration of some existing lots to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety is planned for the late July and August. A parking lot with 123 spaces will be created on the unused north tennis courts behind the East Gym. A few additional spaces will be created in parking lot C near Science 4 and the Anderson Center. Parking lots G and H, in front of and adjacent to the West Gym and Events Center, will be reconfigured to improve traffic flow. A pedestrian pathway will also be created through lot G to provide safer pedestrian access. Once construction of the Events Center wraps up, a new 77-space lot will be created where construction trailers now stand. A more precise timetable for the work will be shared when funding is secured. It is expected most of the reconfiguration work will be completed in time for the fall semester.