Summer Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

The Division of Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) kicked off its summer work schedule just under one month ago. In that time, much has been accomplished. Many projects are already complete, several are underway and soon many more will begin. Though summer is perhaps the busiest time of year for CPDC, it’s exciting to watch the campus transform.

Some of the work underway right now includes: 

  • Carnegie Library Renovations: A number of renovations in Carnegie Library are in progress, including the construction of a new single-occupant accessible restroom; the creation of new library staff spaces and a conference room. New attic insulation has been installed, floor tiling on the first floor is being completed and cupola windows are being installed.
  • Center of Excellence Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Laboratory: Construction at the Center of Excellence will begin next week on a new UAV laboratory. This laboratory is a collaboration between the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences and the Center of Excellence. Researchers will use the space to study UAV flight controls and tracking.
  • DellPlain, Haven and Flint Hall Renovations: Improvements to student rooms and restrooms are currently underway, including updated paint and carpet and improvements to team rooms at Flint Hall, the creation of single-occupant accessible restrooms at Haven Hall and the conversion of multi-user showers into individual accessible shower units at DellPlain Hall.
  • Flanagan Gym Roof Replacement: Replacement of the Flanagan Gym roof has begun this week and is scheduled to be complete in early August.
  • Grant Auditorium ADA Improvements: Currently underway, this project will improve the accessibility of the auditorium by replacing the existing teaching station and adding accessible seating areas.
  • HB Crouse Elevator Replacement: Work on the new elevator installation is progressing well. The hole for the new hydraulic cylinder has been drilled, elevator track rails are being installed and all components and materials are on site. The elevator will provide service and access to Gifford Auditorium.
  • Link Hall Accessible Entry: Construction on the new accessible entry to Link Hall will begin in the next two weeks. This ramped entry will be constructed at the south entrance, off the College Place bus stop.
  • Quad Improvement Project: If you’ve been near the Quad, you’ve likely seen a lot of work happening. Tent tie-downs are being installed over the next two weeks, the irrigation system installation is halfway complete and power and data pathways for tent locations are being installed.
  • Sims Hall Stair Replacement: Immediately following the completion of the adjacent steam project, work will begin on the replacement of the Sims Hall exterior stairs. This work will start on the north side of the building and then move to the east side. Installation of granite treads will go into the fall semester, with no more than one entry being closed at any point, thus maintaining the accessible entry during working hours.
  • Slutzker Center Improvements: Minor renovations are wrapping up at the Slutzker Center for International Services. These improvements included restroom accessibility upgrades, interior paint and carpet and exterior painting.
  • Steam Line Replacement at Waverly/Comstock: The work at the intersection of Waverly and Comstock continues to move along well. New steam vault walls have been poured, another vault has been demolished and will be replaced with a concrete anchor, and exaction across Comstock is halfway complete.
  • University Place Promenade: Construction continues to go well on the University Place Promenade. In the Quad 2 Parking Lot, curbing for the new drive is being installed. A new concrete walk and path to the Lyman accessible entry will go in this weekend. Work on the Promenade has transitioned into plinth foundation concrete work and drainage installation. The project remains on track and hardscape work is expected to be complete prior to move-in and orientation activities in August.
    As a reminder, the draft Campus Framework is now available for review and feedback. To read the draft document and to provide real time feedback, please visit CampusFramework.syr.edu.

Also, we will host the second of five summer construction information sessions on Wednesday, June 29, at 9:30 a.m. in Lyman Auditorium. For more information, please visit SU News. I hope you can join us.

If you have any construction-related questions, comments or suggestions, please email cpdc@syr.edu. For parking concerns, call Parking and Transit Services at 443-4652. And, if you have questions pertaining to accessibility, contact Aaron Hodukavich, director and ADA coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services, at 443-2377 or ajhoduka@syr.edu.

To track construction progress, please visit facilities.syr.edu.

Sincerely,

Pete Sala
Vice President & Chief Facilities Officer