INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Budget stalemate could affect projects
By : Karen Fennie
Some summer construction projects may be delayed or postponed due to the state budget impasse. The budget stalemate is affecting the schedules of critical maintenance capital projects such as the first phase of the Lecture Hall renovation and the East Gym renovation.
Projects that are not affected include the East Campus Housing project, which is funded through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and the Health Services renovation, which is being funded through a grant. Physical Facilities will continue to work with senior staff and the State University Construction Fund to determine the effect of the budget situation on planned projects and projects underway.
East Campus Housing
Hundreds of workers will be on site at the East Campus Housing project through the summer. The steel framing of the three residential halls (Broome, Delaware and Endicott) as well as the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Centers will be completed along with the exterior walls. Interior work will progress with framing of rooms and utility work.
East Gym Renovation
The project will address a number of critical maintenance issues such as asbestos removal and upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment. The project also includes a renovated and expanded FitSpace (to 10,000 square feet); three renovated multipurpose rooms for group exercise classes and club practices; two renovated classrooms; a new, dedicated wellness suite; renovated and relocated locker rooms; renovated Outdoor Pursuits rental center; improvements to the court area and gym floor; and consolidated administrative offices. East Gym offices and staff have been re-located to the old University Union for the 18-month project.
Lecture Hall Renovation: Phase 1
“Sustainability” is the theme of Lecture Hall renovations. The four quadrants of the Lecture Hall will embrace the different seasons using environmentally friendly materials such as recycled resin panels, low VOC paint and energy efficient lighting and windows. The project will address a number of critical maintenance issues through asbestos removal and replacement of windows and flooring. Phase 1 will involve renovation of the south half of the Lecture Hall. In addition to new flooring, window, lighting, seating and other improvements in the concourse area, new seating will be installed in LH-1. LH-2 will be completely renovated as part of phase 1.
Work on the Science 5 project continues inside and outside the building. Framing for walls is underway along with work on the building utility systems and infrastructure.
Exterior masonry work is also underway. Building elevators will be installed this summer.
Engineering and Science Building
The Engineering and Science Building is now about 65 percent complete. Dry walling, painting and insulation is ongoing throughout most of the building. Piping and testing has begun in some lab areas. Work on mechanical systems continues along with exterior work on mental panels and windows. To get a sneak peek at the building, go to discovere.binghamton.edu.
Electrical Duct Bank Project
The project will advance up Bartle Drive with lane restrictions at certain points. There will also be some road closures that will take place on weekends. Dates for the closures will be sent to campus once schedules are finalized. The contractor also plans to begin restoring sidewalks and landscaping where work has been completed.
This project is upgrading campus electrical systems along with providing power for the East Campus Housing buildings.
Health Services Renovation
Crews will begin working on the fourth phase of the Health Services Renovation in June. This phase involves renovation of the reception area and administrative offices and expanding the waiting area. Work will wrap up in August. Previous phases have improved exam rooms, the pharmacy, offices and storage areas.
Library Coffee Kiosk Renovation
The coffee kiosk at the Library Tower entrance will be renovated during a project scheduled to begin this summer. The kiosk will be renovated in the style of the Jazzman Cafés elsewhere on campus.
Science 2 Laboratory Renovations
Two rooms in Science 2 will be renovated this summer. New prototype instructional laboratories will be created. The work involves gutting the existing space and installing new flooring, ceilings, lighting, hoods, HVAC equipment and lab furniture.
The project is scheduled to be complete by the fall semester.
Engineering Building F Pod
The F pod on the first floor of the Engineering Building will be transformed into a high-end graphics computer laboratory this summer. About 1,200 square feet will be renovated and work will include a raised computer floor, new lighting, ceilings and air handling, and an improved entrance.