July 11th Summer Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

In just over seven weeks, new and returning students will arrive on campus for the start of a new academic year. Between now and then, the Office of Campus Planning, Design, and Construction (CPDC) will be intensely focused on completing its robust summer construction itinerary.

Work on many projects is progressing nicely. Updates this week include: 

  • Brockway Brewster Boland Electrical Service Replacement: Excavation and duct bank construction has been completed along the east edge of the Stadium parking lot. The contractor is preparing to perform the excavation to install the duct bank across Van Buren Street. A closure of Van Buren Street will be in place from Saturday, July 16, through Friday, July 29. Traffic will not be allowed to travel west (down the hill) from Irving Avenue. Follow the detour signs along Irving Avenue to Raynor Street to Henry Street to access Van Buren Street. Vehicles exiting the Veterans Administration and the Irving Avenue garages will be able to turn east (up the hill) on Van Buren and the follow detour signs along Irving Avenue. As the time approaches, additional information will be available on SU News.
  • Center of Excellence Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Lab (UAV Lab): Work is underway to create a UAV lab in the Center of Excellence High Bay where researchers will study UAV controls and tracking.
  • Center of Science and Technology Siding Replacement: The project is proceeding ahead of schedule and roughly 70 percent of the siding has already been replaced.
  • Crouse College Sloped Glazing and Masonry Improvements: The contractor continues to work to repair the skylights. The contractor will start the masonry repairs this week, with anticipated completion by the end of July.
  • DellPlain Hall: Bathroom renovation work continues on schedule. New windows for bathrooms have been delivered and installation has begun. Included in the bathroom renovations is the construction of an accessible restroom on each floor (Floors 1-8), and two accessible restrooms on the ground floor.
  • HB Crouse Elevator Replacement: The installation of the new elevator is halfway complete. The elevator will provide accessible service to the Gifford Auditorium level for the first time and will be in service in mid-August.
  • Lyman Hall Renovations: Phase 1—Renovations and relocations are substantially complete for Army and Air Force ROTC Departments. Both ROTC groups have relocated from Archbold to Lyman Hall. Renovations are nearly complete and furniture has been installed for the ORIP, OSA and OSP departments in advance of their move from Bowne Hall and Skytop, scheduled for the first week in August.
  • Phase 2—Creation of three new classrooms with audiovisual technology is underway. The contractor is focusing efforts on completing the classrooms by Aug. 15 for the fall semester. Work will continue into the fall to complete offices for the GSA and GSO Departments for their relocation in January 2017.
  • Quad Improvements: The installation of tent tie-downs is complete. The irrigation system is operational in manual operation. With final controls being completed by the end of the month, grounds staff will schedule and operate the system through a smartphone app. The fence around the Quad is scheduled to be removed on July 22.
  • Regent Theater Complex: Renovations are underway to create a new accessible restroom. A new concrete floor has been poured and framing for the new walls has started. The project is scheduled to be complete in the first week of September.
  • Roof Replacement Updates: The following roof replacements have been completed: Schine Student Center Dining Wing, Newhouse 2, Manley Football Wing, Falk College (White Hall), Link Hall and Heroy Hall. Flanagan Gym roof is 70 percent complete. Some minimal contractor presence will be on these roofs until late July.
  • Schine Student Center—Disability Cultural Center Relocation: Construction has started in the former Cash Operations area, which will be the new home for the Disability Cultural Center. This relocation will bring it from the Hoople Building to the center of Student Affairs in Schine Student Center. This work and move will be complete in August.
  • Schine Student Center Glass Door Replacement: Replacement of exterior glass doors at Schine Student Center will begin in August and go into the fall. This project will also include a full access control system for the building, and ADA-compliant door operators. Work will be coordinated with fall semester activities in the building to minimize disruptions.
  • Sims Hall Stair Replacement: The replacement of the two north stairs is underway simultaneously, with walks and site stairs having been removed. Concrete stair foundations have been found to be in good condition, which will help the project stay on schedule for completion this fall.
  • Steam Line Replacement at Waverly/Comstock: During the excavation of the steam line, the contractor’s crew noted the existing 30-inch and 8-inch water main are in need of minor repairs. The City Water Department will perform the repair work on the 8-inch main on Wednesday, July 13. The repair is anticipated to take four hours. During this time, water service will not be available in Booth Hall. On July 18, the University’s contractor is scheduled to perform repair work on the 30-inch water main. This work will impact the water service to Watson, Kimmel and Marion halls. The work is anticipated to take 8 to 12 hours. Water service to these residence halls will be disrupted. Work is on schedule for completion in early August. Disruption of water services to these residence halls is being coordinated with Housing.
  • University Place Promenade: The Q2 parking area is taking shape. The curbing has been installed in this area and the asphalt binder course has been placed. Final paving will occur just prior to the lot reopening in late July. The new water main along the Promenade has been installed, tested and approved. The new main is now in service, providing water to the buildings along University Place. Plinth construction continues and storm drainage piping is 70 percent complete.
  • Washington Arms First Floor Renovation: Renovation work continues on schedule and is approximately 65 percent complete. The interior work includes a reconfiguration to create new student rooms and a fully accessible student room. The exterior work includes rebuilding a new retaining wall and concrete stair replacement. This exterior work is 45 percent complete. New landscaping will be installed upon completion of the project.
  • Women’s Building Studio: This project to improve the studio includes a new accessible ramp, which has been constructed on the south end of the space. New ceiling and light fixture installation is completed. Painting and wood wall paneling refinishing commenced last week. The new Harlequin dance floor is scheduled to be installed the last week of July.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to review the draft Campus Framework, I encourage you to take a moment and visit CampusFramework.syr.edu.

Also, we will host the third of five summer construction information sessions on Wednesday, July 13, 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.


Pete Sala

Vice President & Chief Facilities Officer