January Construction Update

Happy New Year! Despite the frigid temperatures, our work continues and several campus improvement projects have been completed over the winter break. In addition to the multitude of smaller projects, Campus Planning, Design and Construction is starting 2018 with two of the most significant projects in several years. I’m pleased to share that construction of the National Veterans Resource Complex and the transformation of Archbold Gymnasium are getting underway this month.

A summary of projects includes:

  • Archbold Gymnasium: A $3.5 million gift from alumnus Kwang Tan G’73 Ph.D., will support significant renovations to Archbold Gymnasium, which includes the creation of the Barnes Center at The Arch, a new state-of-the-art health, wellness and recreation complex. With an aggressive schedule ahead of us, the building is scheduled to open in fall 2019.
  • National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC): During the next two weeks you will notice the start of construction near the intersection of Waverly and South Crouse avenues as the University breaks ground for the NVRC. The new facility will consolidate a robust portfolio of the nation’s premier military- and veteran-focused educational, vocational and community engagement programs on our campus and will open in spring 2020.
  • Women’s Building and Flanagan Gymnasium: In addition to lighting and safety improvements near the Women’s Building, our work to relocate Recreational Services fitness facilities from Archbold Gymnasium to the Women’s Building and Flanagan is complete. Fitness facilities are operational in both of these buildings for the duration of the Archbold renovation. To learn more, please visit the Recreation Services website.
  • Day Hall: Preliminary work on the bathroom project was completed in December and further improvements to bathrooms and student rooms will begin later in the spring semester.
  • Graham Dining Hall: Renovations on the lower level have commenced to create a fitness center in room 001.This new fitness center will include aerobic exercise equipment and free weights.
  • Hall of Languages: Work is underway to create two new fully accessible, single-occupant restrooms on the first floor, which will be completed by the end of January.
  • Huntington Hall: Two new single-occupant accessible restrooms will be available for use by the start of the spring semester.

As always, please check our website to learn more about projects in your area and find the latest information.

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 EOIRS, at 315.443.2377 or ajhoduka@syr.edu.

I hope you have had a restful and enjoyable winter break. I look forward to the start of the spring semester and the many exciting projects we have planned for our campus.


Pete Sala
Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer