INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Projects improve University facilities
By : Karen Fennie
Physical Facilities employees have been busy with several projects throughout campus and more work is planned in the coming months.
Phase 1 of the Library Plaza Deck project was recently completed. Library acquisitions will move back into space that was renovated following asbestos removal.
Phase 2 of the project, which also involves asbestos abatement in areas under the deck, will get under way in March with the work scheduled to take about a month.
A contract has been awarded for demolition and reconstruction of the Plaza Deck (above ground). Physical Facilities is working with the contractor and campus constituents on phasing and scheduling work.
Demolition could begin in April and staging activity for the project may occur in March. Parking below the deck will be prohibited during this work. Three of the loading docks will remain open for deliveries only.
Access to the Engineering Building, Computing Center and Library will be maintained, although some doors may be affected at times.
A large portion of the work will be complete in fall 2006. Remaining work is scheduled for completion in fall 2007.
Work is nearly complete on the first phase of the Information Commons project, which involves moving the “G” pod from the Engineering Building to the Library.
This month, another phase of the Information Commons project will begin in the former bookstore area of the Library. The work will allow for the relocation of computer classrooms and offices from the Engineering Building to the renovated space in the Library as well as the relocation of the Technology Training Center to the former bookstore area of the Library. The renovations will be complete in time for the fall semester.
is project will free up space in the Engineering Building for a future project that will create new research labs and space for new faculty.
Work to replace roofs or sections of roofs is planned for the following buildings:
Science 1: Work will begin March 13 and finish May 1.
Science Library: Work will begin May 22 and finish May 29.
East Gym: Work will begin May 16 and finish June 19.
Library: Work will begin July 25 and finish Aug. 28. Rockefeller: Work will begin Sept. 4 and finish Nov. 13.
Fine Arts: Work is scheduled to begin in March and be complete in September.
Sections of the West Gym roof will also be replaced. A tentative schedule calls for work on the entry roof and lobby roof from mid-April to June, the roof over the pool from mid-May to mid-June and the roof over the main gym from August to mid- September.
Fire alarm system
Upgrades to fire alarm systems will take place in several buildings. The work involves installing conduit, wire and system devices, testing the new system and demolition of the old system. The following buildings will be affected by this project:
Couper: Feb. 27-March 13 (6 p.m.-6 a.m. work shift)
East Gym: May 1-Oct. 13 (11 p.m.-7 a.m. work shift)
Iroquois Community/TUSC Office: June 14-July 27 (11 p.m.-7 a.m. work shift)
Rockefeller Center: May 19- Aug. 21 (11 p.m.-7 a.m. work shift)
Science Library: July 17-Aug. 23 (11 p.m.-7 a.m. work shift)
Central Heating Plant: April 4-May 12 (7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. work shift)
Warehouse: March 20-April 7 (7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. work shift)
Commissary: Feb. 6-March 31 (7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. work shift, except in the bakery area, where it will run from 4 p.m.- midnight.)
Additional work is planned this summer to reduce pavement and add green space in the Peace Quad. Preliminary plans narrow the drive in front of Fine Arts and the University Union to create a pedestrian walk with pavers. Additional trees and plantings are included.
The design for the work, to be done in two phases, is not yet finalized. The tentative schedule calls for the first phase to run from mid-June to mid-August and for a second phase from mid-August to November.
Innovative Technologies Complex
Construction activities are now focused on creating additional laboratory space on the second floor, east side of the building. That work will continue though the summer.
Construction workers will then focus attention on creating additional laboratory space on the first floor, east side of the building. That work will continue into 2007.
Facilities for clinical testing and development of incubator space for companies that use the University’s research initiatives are also a part of the ITC project.
May 27 shutdown
There will be a campus-wide electrical and high temperature hot water shutdown on Saturday, May 27, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Contact Karen Fennie at 777-2692 with any questions or concerns so they can be addressed as soon as possible. Physical Facilities will work with researchers and others in an effort to address crucial electrical needs. More information about the shutdown is available at http://facilities.binghamton. edu/Shutdowns.htm.
Get more information
Since many of the projects involve exterior work, schedules are somewhat weather dependent and may change. Further details about these and other projects are available at http:// f a c i l i t i e s . b i n g h amt o n . e d u / consnews.htm.