October Construction Update

As the cooler weather approaches, our construction projects continue to make steady progress across campus. You will see many important projects as they start to take shape. It is also that time of year when teams within Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) are heavily involved with the planning and design of many new projects planned to take place next summer. More details will be provided in future construction updates

The following is a list of projects that have been completed or are continuing this fall:

Life Sciences Complex: Renovations to create a pre-med advising suite were recently completed. University staff are now located in suite 122 in the Life Sciences Complex and are ready to assist students considering attending medical school after graduating from Syracuse University.

Undergraduate Research Office in Bird Library: The design of a new undergraduate office on the second floor of Bird Library is nearing completion. Located adjacent to rooms 230 and 231, the new space will serve as an entry point for undergraduate research and foster collaboration between faculty and students to expand undergraduate research opportunities. The new office is scheduled to be complete by the end of the fall semester.

Hendricks Chapel CART System: Facility Services staff and the University’s Learning Environments group recently completed a full upgrade to the Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) system in Hendricks Chapel.

Center for Science and Technology (CST) Laboratory Spaces: Two laboratory spaces on the fourth floor and the two laboratory spaces on the third floor of the CST facility will be updated this fall and winter. These renewed laboratory spaces will support the work of two new researchers recently hired by the University.

National Veterans Resource Center: Construction of the building foundation is 90 percent complete. The structural steel contractor is mobilizing this week. The campus community will begin to see steel installed during the week of Oct. 15. It will be an exciting few months as the building superstructure begins to take form. Pedestrians and drivers are reminded to follow the signs in the area of construction. Sidewalks and travel lanes adjacent to the construction may be closed periodically throughout the duration of construction. A single lane of traffic will remain along South Crouse Avenue from Waverly Avenue to Marshall Street until spring 2019. You can monitor the progress at the NVRC website.

Archbold Gymnasium: Construction is advancing quickly in the north portion of the facility (Building A). Interior framing is complete and a significant portion of the mechanical and electrical system has been installed in Building A. Excavation is complete for Building C. Pouring of the concrete foundation walls commenced this week. Storm drainage piping installation associated with the Arch renovation is occurring along Stadium Place through the end of next week. I encourage you to keep up with the construction progress through the live webcam.

Crouse College and Schaffer Art Building: The design of two new all-gender, accessible restrooms is now complete. These improvements are proposed to be located on the first floor of both buildings, and they will be constructed during the semester break. This will bring the total number of all-gender restrooms on campus to 103; 69 are fully accessible.

Crouse College Student Services Suite: Construction of an updated student services suite in Crouse College will be complete by the end of the month. The renewed suite 200 will create an open, accessible and inviting space.

Hendricks Chapel: HVAC improvements will continue throughout the fall and spring semester. The HVAC improvements include the addition of air conditioning to the chapel and are scheduled to be complete by May 2019.

Allyn Innovation Center at Link Hall: Schematic design has commenced on a new and exciting project in Link Hall. The Allyn Innovation Center is a proposed addition on the south side of the building. This new addition will provide a new primary entrance that promotes access and creates a hub of academic energy. Additional information will be shared as the design advances.

Schine Student Center Renovations: Planning and design of the proposed renovations to the Schine Student Center continue. The project proposes to enhance the student experience by creating new gathering spaces, improved facilities for student services and a new dining experience.

Also, as proposed in the Campus Framework, Campus Facilities Administration and Services will be implementing a new approach to wayfinding and the campus arrival. Soon you will see a series of new wayfinding signs installed along Waverly and University avenues. These are primarily intended to assist new visitors on campus, and they also represent a prototype phase of a larger project of overall campus wayfinding signs. You can provide feedback via cpdc@syr.edu, and we will incorporate this feedback as we design and install new signage across campus.

A full listing of construction projects is updated and listed by building on the CPDC website. Please refer to this website periodically to see what is occurring across campus, and feel free to reach out to the assigned CPDC manager with any questions you may have. For everyone’s safety, I encourage you to remain alert in work areas, watch for route changes and follow the pedestrian signs. Visit the CPDC Impact/Road Closure webpage for additional 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.

If you have questions pertaining to accessibility, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services at 315.443.4018, ADA@syr.edu or equalopp@syr.edu.


Pete Sala
Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer