November Construction Update

During the last several months, the Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) has completed a number of projects, all of which are designed to enhance the living, learning and working environment at Syracuse University.

While construction has been ongoing, our team has also spent many hours meeting with several of you. We’ve hosted more than a dozen Campus Framework forums and construction information sessions and have been very appreciative of your good ideas and candid feedback.

Much of what we are doing is largely driven by your input. If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate in a Campus Framework forum or a construction information session, I urge you to do so before the end of the semester. Our team will host two more construction information sessions on Tuesday, November 15 and Wednesday, December 7—both begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be held in Heroy 113. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available at both events. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact the Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services (EOIRS) office at 315.443.4018.

This month’s construction updates include:

  • Bowne Hall Renovation: Renovations continue on the first floor of Bowne Hall for the relocation of the Bursar’s Office and Cash Operations from Archbold. Project completion is on schedule for mid-December. The Bursar’s Office and Cash Operations will relocate upon completion of the project.
  • Center for Science and Technology Siding Replacement: The siding project and the painting of the exhaust stack are complete. All parking spaces are available for use in the Q4 parking lot. I want to thank the Q4 parking permit holders for their patience and cooperation during this project.
  • Day Hall Bathroom Renovations: The design work for a bathroom renovation project has commenced for Day Hall. This project will convert the existing multi-user restrooms into accessible single-user restrooms and showers on all floors. A two-phase project is planned, with Phase One construction taking place in the summer of 2017 and Phase Two construction taking place during the summer of 2018.
  • DellPlain Bathroom Renovations: Phase Two of the DellPlain bathroom renovation project is scheduled to take place during the summer 2017 construction season. The bathrooms in the east/west wing of the building will be converted to single-user accessible shower and bathrooms, similar to what was done in Phase One this past summer.
  • Falk College Café: The renovations to the second-floor café are significantly completed. The final testing and approval of the ductwork took longer than expected, delaying the project. The HVAC contractor has completed their work. However, additional time is needed for startup and training on the new kitchen equipment. A new opening date for the café has not been established.
  • Falk College (White Hall): Architectural painted aluminum screening is proposed to be installed along the perimeter of the White Hall roof this fall to shield the view of the existing mechanical equipment on the roof. To minimize the impact to the Q1 parking lot, delivery and installation of the aluminum screening will occur during the week of Thanksgiving.
  • Goldstein Student Center: A new, single-user accessible restroom is planned for the second floor. Construction will begin this month.
  • Hendricks Chapel Steps: CPDC is currently seeking proposals from architects to study the repair and/or replacement of the limestone steps at the main entrance to the chapel. These improvements are planned to occur during the summer of 2017.
  • Huntington Hall: A plaster repair project is planned for the lower level of Huntington Hall in public corridors. The project has been awarded to a contractor and the work will commence this month. A majority of the work will take place during nonbusiness hours. All work will be substantially completed in early December. CPDC will communicate a schedule and the sequencing of the work to the building occupants.
  • Irving Garage Stair Maintenance: Repair work for the concrete stairs and railings is planned for the stairwell that is connected to the pedestrian bridge. CPDC has awarded the project to a contractor. The work will commence this month and be substantially complete in mid-December. Additional information will be shared with the campus community as the schedule is confirmed during the next week.
  • Link Hall Accessible Ramp and Auditorium Improvements: The construction of the new ramped entry on the east side (Sims Hall side) continues. Most of the work that is visible to the public is complete. Work on the snow melt system in the mechanical room continues. During the past month work that would be disruptive to the building was scheduled to be performed after hours and and over the weekend. Requiring this work to be completed during nonbusiness hours has changed the anticipated completion date to late November or early December. This project is among a number of accessibility improvement and classroom enhancement projects taking place on campus.
  • Schine Student Center Exterior Glass Door Replacement: Six of seven sets of new doors that are proposed for the Schine Center have been installed ahead of schedule. The main entry doors (Einhorn Family Walk side) will be replaced during Thanksgiving break. The project also includes adding electronic locking and card access on all doors, a feature that is installed on almost all other University facilities.
  • Sims Hall Exterior Stairs: New granite stair treads have been installed. Temporary railings will be reinstalled until the permanent custom railings arrive. Work is nearly complete in the mechanical room for the proposed snow melt system to be operable this winter.

As a reminder, if you haven’t had an opportunity to read the draft Campus Framework, please visit

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 EOIRS, at 443.2377 or


Pete Sala

Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer