University Union Renovations
Equipment installations and training are concluding and student service departments will begin moving into their new spaces in the north portion of the University Union in mid March. Those groups include the Career Development Center, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Tutoring Center, the Educational Opportunity Program and TRiO.
The University Union north space was gutted and re-designed to house offices, conference rooms, interview rooms and lounges for the departments that will be housed there.
A glass enclosed, light-filled atrium was added to the space and provides a casual space to sit or meet informally.
Work on the MarketPlace is complete and the facility is now open to the campus. The project renovated and expanded the Susquehanna room and food court area. The 15,000 square foot space now includes 12 food venues, a fire place lounge and seating for more than 500. The $8 million project was completed in 18 months. More information about the project and the opening can be found here.
Food venues in the MarketPlace include the following: Red Mango (juice bar), Pandini Grill (Italian cuisine), Main Bowl (Asian cuisine), C-Store (offering Pre- packaged goods), Subconnection (sub sandwiches), Cafe Spice (Indian cuisine), American Grill (comfort foods), Salad toss/ bar, Holy Habanarro (tex/mex cuisine), International cuisine, NY style Deli cuisine and Starbucks coffee section.
Both projects were extensive and involved removing asbestos throughout, replacing the roof, providing new heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems, new lighting, power distribution, ceilings, finishes and fire alarm systems.
Main Campus Entrance Sign
Work is complete on new signs for the main campus entrance. The signs are visible from both directions of the Vestal Parkway, will have night lighting and provide a gateway to the University. They will be unwrapped Monday, January 20.
The project was designed by staff architects and with input from the campus community. A slideshow of the project can be found here.
Dickinson Hall Renovation
Work to install a new roof on Dickinson Hall has been completed. Wall framing is complete and sheet rock work is underway on the existing portion of the building. Framing is underway in the addition and the rotunda flooring has been installed. The contractor is also working on utility installations
The project will transform the former dining hall into a student services center for the University. Offices for student accounts, the registrar, financial aid and admissions recruiting will be relocated there.
The project involves adding 13,000 square feet to the existing building, renovating existing space and installing new building mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
The project will be complete in summer 2014.
Old O'Connor/Johnson Renovation
Abatement and demo are complete and new wall construction is in full swing in Old Johnson. Similar activity is occurring in Old O'Connor. There is work on the foundation for the connecting link. Mechanical, plumbing and electrical trades are on site and are progressing with their work.
The buildings are being gutted and office space created in Old Johnson for Information Technology and Geography . Old O'Connor will house Advancement functions such as the Foundation and Alumni Affairs. An alumni lounge will also be created in this building. The University Counseling Center will also reside in Old O'Connor.
The project includes a connector between Old Johnson and Old O'Connor that will provide a common entry for both buildings. Work on Old Johnson and the connector is taking place first and due for completion in late 2014. Old O'Connor work is estimated to wrap up in 2015.
Old Whitney Hall Conversion
Demolition and asbestos abatement are complete and construction work is advancing on several fronts. Wall framing and dry wall are well underway along with runs for mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
The project entails constructing two classrooms in former lounge areas. Old dorm rooms will be converted into office space, testing labs and support space for the math department.
Work also involves code and energy updates, new windows and a new roof. Work will be complete in August 2014.
Similar work is taking place in Old Champlain where a classroom will be created and is also scheduled for completion in August 2014. The classroom additions are taking place due to plans for additional faculty hiring and a demand for more classroom space.
Center of Excellence
Most of the exterior work for the Center of Excellence Building has been completed including the roof, exterior curtain wall and metal paneling. Final sidewalks and grading will begin soon. Inside about 80% of the drywall is in and painting is well underway. Mechanical systems are also about 80% complete. Workers are installing ceiling grids and lights in laboratory areas. Installation of terrazzo and linoleum is just beginning. Work on the water feature and water retention system is ongoing.
General Information about the Center of Excellence
- The two-story, 114,000 square-foot facility will connect with the Biotechnology Building and the Engineering and Science Building at the Innovative Technologies Complex.
- The first phase of the project (now in progress) entails establishing site utilities, excavation, foundation, steel and elevated slabs.
- The second phase entails constructing the shell (metal panel, glass, stone), green roof, mechanical and electrical systems, fire protection and interior fit out. Construction began in fall 2010 and will be complete in August 2014.
- Cost - $30 million
To see a video flyover of the architect's plan click here.
Anderson Center Deck/Reception Room Renovations
The Anderson Center reception room and deck will undergo renovations beginning in November. The outdoor deck will be removed and footers poured for a new deck and patio which will be installed next spring. Work this winter will focus on interior renovations to the reception room. The project will be complete in spring, 2014.