June 14 Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

We are roughly one month into the summer construction season and I am pleased to report that our work is progressing well. Several projects are already nearing completion, including the construction of the single-occupant accessible restroom on the second floor of the Schine Student Center, the Martin Luther King Jr. Library improvements in Sims Hall and the Dineen Hall accessible suite entry upgrades.

Major construction continues at Day, Haven and DellPlain residence halls, where work is on track to be completed ahead of the return of students in August. These improvements are not only necessary; they will also enhance the living and learning environment for many of our students.

As you know, work also continues on Waverly Avenue, our largest project of the summer. Despite the rainy May we experienced, the sewer replacement work is complete. We will now turn our collective attention to the steam, chilled water, power and data work that are critical to this process. This project will improve the flow of traffic on Waverly, enhance the travel experience for all pedestrians and provide a more welcoming entrance to our campus. Of course, the utility work is also critical to the upgrading of our campus infrastructure.

The Waverly Avenue work also supports the development of the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC), a first-of-its-kind facility that will serve as a home for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the University’s many veteran-related programs and services. In the coming months, we will continue to take a number of important steps to prepare the space at the corner of Waverly and South Crouse avenues for forthcoming construction. As with all our projects, we will continue to update the campus community about important happenings and milestones. You may also visit nvrc.syr.edu/ for more details.

We are also preparing to initiate a number of other projects, including

  • Center for Science and Technology roof replacement
  • Link Hall and Center for Science and Technology classroom improvements
  • replacement of the Hendricks Chapel main steps
  • Watson Hall auditorium improvements
  • Crouse College masonry and skylight repairs
  • Schine Student Center fire alarm system replacement

To see a full listing of summer construction projects, as well as maps indicating the areas affected by the projects above, please visit the Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) website. This website is updated regularly. Please reach out to the assigned CPDC manager, who is listed on the website next to each project, with any questions you may have. The second monthly forum this summer to update the campus community on construction projects will occur next Wednesday, June 21, at 9:30 a.m. in Lyman Auditorium, Room 132.

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. And don’t forget to join us for our next Campus Framework forum on Thursday, June 15, at 4 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3.

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. For 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