Summer Construction Update, July 18

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

It’s been especially busy since my last update. A number of new projects are now underway and many current projects are progressing according to schedule.

As a reminder, a section of Van Buren Street is closed until Friday, July 29. I recognize this is an inconvenience for many of you, and I appreciate your patience during this brief closure. To learn more about the closure and available detours, please visit SU News.

Other updates this week include:

  • Brockway Brewster Boland Electrical Service Replacement: Excavation and duct bank construction have been completed along the east edge of the Stadium parking lot. The contractor is now performing the excavation to install the duct bank across Van Buren Street.
  • Crouse College Sloped Glazing and Masonry Improvements: The contractor continues to work to repair the skylights to resolve an existing leak. The contractor also started masonry repairs on the demi-dome areas last week. More work may be required next summer to maintain the beautiful façade of this structure built in 1889. Visit Syracuse University Archives to learn more about Crouse College.
  • Crouse Hinds Air Handler Replacement: Work has begun to replace the air handler at Crouse Hinds Hall. The contractor has started demolition of the existing air handler and is preparing for the new air handler in the seventh-floor mechanical room. The new air handler will be hoisted to the roof in the early fall.
  • DellPlain Hall: Bathroom renovation work continues on schedule. The work includes new windows and renovations to accessible restrooms.
  • Grant Auditorium Elevator: A modernization upgrade to this elevator has been underway since early July. The project is scheduled to be complete in early August.
  • Quad Improvements: Improvements to the Quad are nearly complete. The existing construction fence around the Quad is scheduled to be removed by July 25.
  • 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 will be complete by July 25. Some minimal contractor presence will be on these roofs until late July. Replacement of the commissary roof on south campus is scheduled during the month of August.
  • 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 successfully completed the repair work on the 8-inch main on Wednesday, July 13. Today, 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 approximately eight to 12 hours. Water service to these residence halls will be unavailable during the work. Disruption of water services to these residence halls is being coordinated with Housing. The steam line project is on schedule for completion in early August.
  • 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. Pouring of the concrete sidewalks between Lyman Hall and Smith commenced late last week and will continue this week. Final paving will occur just prior to the lot reopening in late July. Placement of fill in the area of Bird Library to flatten the grade along the Promenade will begin this week. Plinth construction continues and storm drainage piping is 80 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.

Please note, your feedback is important to us. I hope you’ll take a moment to visit There you’ll find the draft Campus Framework, as well as a public comment section. You’ll see many of your fellow students, faculty and staff have already contributed their thoughts and suggestions.

If you have any construction-related questions, comments or suggestions, please email 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

To track construction progress, please visit


Pete Sala

Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer