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Campus construction update


Dick Nezelek, left, and Joe Micks of Physical Facilities looked over plans recently as they worked in Room 154 of Science III.
While several Binghamton University construction projects saw their completion coincide with the start of the fall semester, improvements continue in certain campus corridors.

For example, a series of rooms in Science 3 buzzed with activity throughout the summer as projects aimed at advancing the University’s research mission took shape.

Much of this work is ongoing.

Construction under way on Science 3’s first and second floors is creating facilities for Department of Anthropology researchers Koji Lum and Andrew Merriwether.

This project includes the manufacturing of sophisticated laboratories, offices and meeting rooms.

Lum’s and Merriwether’s research is focused on forensic and DNA analysis, making necessary specialized features, such as ultraviolet lights that are used to sterilize a room when unoccupied, as well as a dedicated HVAC system and air locks that ensure those entering a lab will not contribute to contamination.

Science 4 has also been the site of a research related project. Demolition work took place throughout the summer in the animal cage wash area and construction on an improved facility is under way.

On the eastern edge of campus, at the Innovative Technology Complex, construction continues in the research alpha building. This next phase involves transforming more than 14,000 square feet of the building into offices and other support facilities for bioengineering.

Minor asbestos removal in the former bookstore area of the library was completed in late August. A portion of this space will now be renovated to include laboratories, offices and conference space for the Watson School of Engineering. This summer, the student services area in the “H” pod portion of the Engineering Building was renovated to include new student workstations.

Those returning to campus may have noticed changes in parking lots, too, particularly those in the vicinity of the Events Center and West Gym. The lots were reconfigured with a pedestrian path to improve safety. Gates were added so lots may be reserved for special events.

As a result of new lots created near West Gym, and lots that were added last year near East Gym, the campus has gained about 650 spaces in the last year. Other completed projects include:

Several pedestrian paths around campus were also re-paved this summer. Bus shelters were added near Newing, CIW, Susquehanna, East Drive and Mountainview.

A suite in Cleveland Hall and one in Smith Hall were renovated to accommodate students with disabilities. The roofs on Smith, Lehman and Roosevelt were replaced.

Residence halls at Hillside were painted. They included Nyack, Catskill, Belmont, Keuka and Adirondack. In the Susquehanna Community, rooms in Choconut were also painted.

The West Gym pool was re-grouted and cleaned, bleachers were re-finished and the pool walls were painted.

At the Events Center, office areas for athletics administration were completed. Work is ongoing in the athletic training areas, along with the Bearcat Den and Bearcat boxes. That work is scheduled to wrap up at the end of October.

Energy-efficient lighting was installed in several rooms in the library. Ceilings were also replaced in most areas, along with the new lights.

That project will continue through the fall as Physical Facilities works to replace older lighting on campus.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08