February 2017 Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

After successfully wrapping up a large amount of work during our semester break construction window, we are now fully shifting our focus to preparations for summer construction. Though construction activity on campus is limited right now, it is a very busy period in the office as we complete designs, bid projects, coordinate with campus community members and work through various permitting processes to allow for work to start immediately after Commencement. We are now working at rounding out a full list of this summer’s construction activity to share with the campus community in the coming months, which will be posted on the Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) website. A few active construction efforts on campus include the following:

  • Bowne Hall: The Bursar’s Office and Cash Operations have moved into their new spaces. The Bursar’s Office has relocated to 119 Bowne Hall; Cash Operations has relocated to 125 Bowne Hall.
  • Eggers Hall: Graduate student areas in Room 206 and 210 were recently expanded. With construction complete, new furniture is scheduled to be delivered shortly.
  • Flanagan Gym: Elevator installation is underway with completion scheduled for early March. The elevator will allow all members of our campus community to comfortably access both floors of the facility.
  • Heroy Geology, Laboratory 019: The installation of a new electronic microscope is currently in progress, and the site is being prepared to receive this new piece of equipment in early March.
  • Huntington Hall: Design work is nearly complete for minor renovations to the research area of the Department of Psychology on Huntington Hall’s fourth floor. The work will be complete this semester.
  • Lyman Hall: SU Ambulance has moved from 804 University Ave. to the lower level of Lyman Hall, which was painted and received new carpeting.
  • Sims Hall: New railings will be installed at the entrances next week to complete the work on updating the stairways and entrances, with concrete foundations and stair bases installed last fall.
  • Schine Student Center: Construction of a new single-occupant accessible restroom is currently out for bid, with construction expected to start this semester.
  • Slocum Hall: The new Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) Machine for the model shop has arrived, and work in the space is now being completed to get it up and running this semester.

Last week, a facilitated focus group was held to gain feedback on the proposed restroom signage for single-occupancy accessible restrooms. Feedback from this session will be used to adjust the two proposed designs, both of which will be considered by the campus community via an online voting process. Please look for that announcement in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly, our CPDC colleagues, the members of the Campus Framework Advisory Group and I will host a forum to share with you the information we gathered last fall and to solicit additional feedback on next steps. Your input is critical as we continue the Campus Framework planning process. Specific details of that forum are forthcoming; I hope you will join us.

As always, to learn more about the Campus Framework, please visit campusframework.syr.edu. There, you can provide your feedback and have your questions answered in real-time.

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