Dickinson Community Storm Line Repairs
Work to replace the damaged storm line in the Dickinson Community continues this week. Work was delayed after heavy rain last week while the contractor waited for soil on site to dry. A temporary pipe was put in ahead of the rain last week which aided in the site drying out more quickly. Efforts this week will focus on putting in new access paths to the site so work can be expedited, stone and pipe deliveries and installing some new storm line. It will take about two weeks to complete the storm water line installation. A large manhole will be delivered later this month and be installed. While the weather is favorable, the contractor will be worker overtime and will be on site from 7 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m. Overall work at the site is expected to be complete in early December, weather permitting.
ITC Power Upgrade Project
A project to upgrade and connect the Innovative Technologies Complex to the main campus power feed is underway. The project affects a walkway from East Drive to the East Gym along with parking lots and roadways leading to the Campus Pre School and Institute for Child Development. Work will also affect the walkway leading to the bridge to ITC and Murray Hill Road. Site reconfiguration and improvements will be made in the area between the East Gym and Campus Pre School. Work will involve digging trenches, installing a duct bank, landscaping and paving. The project will provide power to the Smart Energy Research and Development facility now under construction at ITC. Work is scheduled to be complete in summer 2016.
Smart Energy Research and Development Facility
Work on phase two of the project is underway and entails construction of the shell and interior spaces. The contractor is focused on enclosing the building before winter. The project remains on schedule with occupancy expected in summer 2017.
The $70 million, 114,000 gross square-foot building will house the departments of chemistry and physics, including 56,000 net square-feet for research, 125 fume hoods and 45 faculty offices. The facility will provide room for faculty and industry scientists and engineers to work side by side to create new energy technologies and maintain and expand the regional workforce. Features include micro turbines on mechanical systems, a fuel cell to produce electricity at a reduced cost to heat and cool the building, photovoltaic panels on the roof to produce electricity, hydronic radiant heating in the floor, controlled LED lighting, individual space monitoring of chemicals to reduce air flows and energy use, and water-cooled equipment wherever possible to conserve energy. Construction will be complete in summer 2017.
East Campus Housing Gas Line and Boiler Installations
Installation of a gas line to feed the East Campus Housing was completed this summer. Additional aspects of the project continue with work underway at Bingham Hall and C4. New boilers are installed in both buildings. Work to construct a chimney at C4 is complete. Pre-cast panels will be used to construct the chimney for Bingham Hall and that work will take place in December.
The project will allow for a more efficient use of the campus heating system and take some of the load off the Central Heating Plant.
Old Digman Renovations
Work to renovate Old Digman Hall is underway. Abatement and demolition is occurring and will continue through November. Minor and temporary construction noise may be heard at times in Old Rafuse and Old Whitney Hall. The entire project is due for completion in summer 2016.
The project will return the building to use for student housing. The work will focus on critical maintenance of building services and deteriorated building elements. New windows and restrooms are included in the project.
The building is being returned to residential use so that the campus can begin a phased capital plan to renovate older residential halls in CIW and Hinman.
Globalization Center/Old Champlain Conversion
Basic renovation of all interior spaces along with a new elevator has been completed.
Design work for an addition and other building modifications is underway to create a Globalization Center.
Construction of a 2,000 square foot entry vestibule/multi-purpose room is scheduled to begin in February 2016. Old Champlain will house Harpur advising, a Globalization Center and a Korean Center. Currently departments serving international students are scattered in various locations throughout campus. This project will help consolidate those departments under one roof.
Berm and Traffic Circle Changes
Work is complete in the Peace Quad on the first phase of the berm re-location. The project is creating a new home for the "Binghamton" sign with the calendar year which is updated annually. "Hard-scape" elements of the project have been put in place. The work included construction of an elevated planting bed that holds the "Binghamton" and "year" signs along with a boulder wall and sidewalks. In the spring, plants will be added throughout the area.
Plantings and flag poles will be added to the traffic circle area with work also expected to be complete in spring.
Sidewalk Safety Projects
A number of projects took place in summer and fall 2015 to improve pedestrian safety on campus.
- Work at the intersection of East Drive and East Access Road involved the reconstruction of curbs, sidewalks and the roadway to make a more pedestrian friendly intersection with a more clearly defined and shorter crosswalk. The reconstruction resulted in an intersection that forces vehicles to slow down.
- Sidewalks along West Drive from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and wrapping up along parking lot L were removed to reduce pedestrian traffic at unmarked crossings. The area received topsoil and was seeded.
- Another pedestrian safety project was completed at the Science III loading dock area. Work involved removing the existing asphalt drive that leads to the loading dock, installing new sidewalks and curbs on West Drive as well as plantings to screen the dock. The project improved pedestrian safety by eliminating a vehicle/pedestrian conflict point.
Additional pedestrian safety projects will continue next year. The projects will add new sidewalks to accommodate pedestrian traffic to parking lots, planting berms to direct pedestrian traffic to crosswalks as the safest places to cross the road, and add new speed tables at the crosswalks to slow traffic down. The image below shows the areas that are the focus of the projects.
Lecture Hall Student Wing Renovations
Work is complete on renovation of the third floor of the Lecture Hall Student Wing. Classrooms on this floor are now in use for the fall semester.
On the second floor sheet rock work is about 50% complete. Framing and electrical rough-in work is progressing on the first floor. Work in installing new windows is nearly complete.
The project is taking place mostly in the Student Wing portion of the facility, though construction impacts may be apparent at times throughout the Lecture Hall/Student Wing complex.
General Project Information
- There is fencing around the Student Wing and staging areas for materials adjacent to the Student Wing.
- While the loading dock remains open, it will be available only for morning and scheduled deliveries.
- Accessible access to the lower level of the Lecture Hall will be via the freight elevator only.
- The contractor has constructed a temporary stairway from the Lecture Hall parking lot to the second floor for access to the second floor so that workers will not be going through campus occupied space.
Twenty new classrooms will be created on the first and second floors, along with break
out rooms for small group work. Lounge and seating areas will also be created.
Windows throughout the facility will be replaced; staircases will be renovated; and building electrical, fire alarm and heating and ventilation systems will be updated.
Restrooms will be renovated as well.
Renovation of the basement, first and second floors will be complete for the spring 2016 semester.
Certain aspects of the project will create noise that may be heard beyond the construction area. The campus will work closely with the contractor to minimize the impact of construction activities as much as possible.
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Architects are finalizing working drawings for the new facility in preparation to go out to bid later this year. The demolition contract will go out for bid October 20. Demo of three buildings on the site along with some utilities is expected to take about a month to complete.
Groundbreaking for the Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is expected to take place in spring 2016. The facility will be located on a 5.4 acre site in Johnson City near the UHS Wilson Medical Center. The 84,000 square-foot, four-story building will include state-of-the-art research labs, offices for faculty and staff, a lecture hall, classrooms and teaching labs. SLAM Collaborative is designing the $60 million facility which will house 36 new faculty and staff and 240 students.
The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is expected to open in fall 2018.
Southern Tier High Technology Incubator
Construction began in late September on the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator. Work on the foundation is complete. Work on structural masonry walls on the first floor level is underway. Steel work will begin in the next couple of months.
The $19 million project will result in a 35,000 square-foot facility that will provide suites for high-technology companies along with laboratories and shared high-bay space for research in health sciences, energy-efficient technologies, and systems integration and packaging. The building will be constructed to a minimum LEED Silver certification level and was designed by Ashley McGraw Architects. Work is expected to be complete in spring 2016. Additional information about the project and the groundbreaking ceremony is available here.