January 2017 Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction teams took advantage of the semester break to continue to maintain and renew campus facilities. Some of the projects that were active during the break include:

  • Booth Garage—Relocation of DPS Vehicles: Improvements were made to the lower level of Booth Garage to allow the relocation of Department of Public Safety vehicles from the Q4 lot to Booth Garage. Work will be complete by the end of the month.
  • Bowne Hall First Floor Renovation: Final paint, carpet and light fixtures were installed for the scheduled Jan. 27 relocation of Cash Operations and Bursar’s Office from Archbold to the first floor of Bowne Hall.
  • Comstock Art Facility Foundry Exhaust System: Improvements to the existing exhaust system were completed in rooms 002 and 010 on the ground floor of the Comstock Art Facility.
  • Falk College Mechanical Equipment Screening: The contractor hoisted the material to the roof during the semester break. Work on the roof will continue and will be complete by the end of January.
  • Flanagan Gym Accessibility Upgrades: Construction continues for the new elevator to provide access to both floors of the facility, and the work to create an accessible restroom on the first floor has started. Construction will continue into the semester. These new facilities are anticipated to be complete and in use in early March.
  • Flint Hall Generator Docking Stations: Infrastructure was installed to support a mobile generator. The building can now be connected to a generator to support the electrical demand during a power outage.
  • Flooring Replacements: Flooring was replaced in several rooms in 111 Waverly, the Lyman Hall elevator, Eggers Hall rooms 206 and 210, and Hendricks Chapel.
  • Goldstein Student Center and Comstock Art Facility Accessible Restrooms: New single-user accessible restrooms were under construction during the break in both facilities. Construction is substantially complete. Both facilities will be available for use by the start of classes on Jan. 17.
  • Haven Hall and DellPlain Hall: The contractor returned during the break to complete work that was pending from the previous summer renovation project. Some additional renovations occurred in the accessible restrooms.
  • Heroy Lab 019 Modifications: Design for laboratory modifications to support a new piece of equipment have begun. Construction will continue into the spring semester.
  • Hoople Building Demolition: The demolition of the Hoople Building occurred over the break in preparation for the construction of the National Veterans Resource Complex. Work was scheduled during the break to avoid conflicts with pedestrians and construction vehicles during the academic semester. Site restoration will continue until the end of January.
  • Irving Garage Concrete Stair Repair: A significant amount of concrete restoration work took place in the stairwell that serves the Irving Garage pedestrian bridge. Users of the garage are likely to notice the improvements. Work will be complete by the first day of classes.
  • Link Hall ADA Entry and Auditorium Improvements: The new entry will be complete by Jan. 17 for the start of the spring semester.
  • Lyman Hall Lower Level Renovations for SU Ambulance: Final painting and carpeting is being completed this week. Preparations have begun to relocate the SU Ambulance dispatch center from 804 University Ave. to the lower level of Lyman Hall.
  • Sims Hall Stairs: Occupants of the building should anticipate the new hand railings to be installed at entrances 4 and 5 during the week of Jan. 16 and railings installed at entrances 1, 2 and 3 during the week of Jan. 30.
  • Slocum Hall CNC Machine Exhaust Improvements: Ventilation system improvements for Slocum Hall room 006 were completed in advance of the purchase of a new machine. Some ancillary work continues for this new piece of equipment that is expected by the end of the month.

Physical Plant was also very busy over the semester break. Highlights of its work include:

  • Upgrading audio visual technologies in several spaces in the Newhouse Complex and Gifford Auditorium;
  • Several ADA improvements in the Newhouse Complex and the Women’s Building;
  • Remodeling the Dunkin Donuts in Schine and Goldstein student centers; and
  • Refinishing the bench in the Schine Student Center atrium.

There will be a restroom signage focus group meeting in Schine Room 304ABC on Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. At this meeting, signage alternatives will be presented for group feedback. This feedback will guide us in the development of new restroom signage standards for single occupant accessible restrooms at the University.

As a reminder, if you haven’t had an opportunity to read and comment on the current draft of the Campus Framework, please visit campusframework.syr.edu. And be on the lookout for an updated draft, which will be shared with the campus community later this month.

If you have any construction-related questions, comments or suggestions, please email cpdc@syr.edu. For parking concerns, call Parking and Transit Services at 315.443.4652. And if you have questions pertaining to accessibility, contact Aaron Hodukavich, director and ADA coordinator in the Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services (EOIRS) office, at 315.443.2377 or ajhoduka@syr.edu.


Pete Sala

Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer