April 2017 Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff: 

With the winter weather we experienced in March it is hard to believe spring is here, and our busiest season of construction is right around the corner. The Campus Facilities team is ready to get started, and the first signs of construction will begin in the next month.

This summer we will be completing two multi-year residence hall renovations at Haven and DellPlain halls, and beginning the multi-year renovation of Day Hall. We will also be starting a multi-year classroom improvement project at the Hall of Languages, while also completing classroom and academic space improvements in the Center for Science and Technology, Link Hall, Huntington Hall and Watson Hall. In the area of building renewal, we will be replacing the roof on the Center for Science and Technology, replacing the steps at Hendricks Chapel and continuing multi-year masonry restoration at Crouse College.

A significant project on campus this summer will be the Waverly Avenue Utility Expansion and Renewal, which will occur on Waverly Avenue between South Crouse Avenue and University Place. This project will begin this month at the west end of Waverly Avenue, where the Steam Station will begin a line replacement in support of Crouse Hospital, and continue with steam, chilled water, electric and sewer work after Commencement and throughout the summer. A detailed news story on this project, along with notices with more detail, will be shared campuswide later this month.

A full listing of summer construction projects is being updated now and is listed by building on the Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) website. Please refer to this website periodically to see what is occurring across campus, and feel free to reach out to the CPDC manager assigned with any questions you may have.

Single occupancy accessible restroom signage alternatives are being completed now by our graphic designers. Our team will be seeking feedback from the campus community later this month. We are committed to inclusivity, and your feedback is critical to help determine the future of this important project.

The following is a listing of construction projects that are active now, as well as a few highlighted summer construction projects.

Projects occurring on campus during the next month include:

  • Center for Science and Technology 0-214 Franck Lab reconfiguration
  • Falk College 3rd and 4th floor library stacks renovation
  • Newhouse 2 — Bartlett Room renovations
  • Schine Student Center — 2nd floor accessible restrooms
  • Sims Hall — 2nd floor improvements
  • Skytop Office Building — Human Resources space improvements

Highlighted summer construction projects include:

  • Brewster and Brockway stair railing replacement
  • Center of Science and Technology roof replacement
  • Crouse College masonry repairs and skylight replacement
  • Day Hall bathroom renovations — Phase 1
  • DellPlain bathroom renovations — Phase 2
  • Hall of Languages classroom renovations
  • Link Hall 331 and 373 and Center for Science and Technology 3-116 classroom upgrades
  • Slocum Heights roof replacement
  • Watson Hall auditorium improvements

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.

Sincerely,
Pete Sala
Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer

 

March 2017 Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Thank you to all of those who participated in last week’s Campus Framework Forum. It was a well attended event, and we look forward to ongoing discussions regarding the future of our campus’s physical presence. If you could not attend, a recording of the event is available on the Campus Framework website.

Preparations for summer construction continue, with Commencement quickly approaching. An important part of these preparations is communication. We are currently engaged with a variety of user groups and building occupants across campus that will be involved or will be affected by a proposed project. The next step will be sharing that same information across the whole campus. In the coming weeks, we will be updating our website with the most current information available regarding more than 150 projects. These projects—large and small—will be taking place across campus during the summer break.

It may only be March, but summer construction activity will begin as early as next month on the periphery of campus. The Steam Station will be getting an early start on two large utility projects in support of future usage. These projects, which will have little impact on campus, as well as improvements to Waverly Avenue, will begin after Commencement. The Waverly Avenue project, which will be executed in coordination with the City of Syracuse, will be the largest utility project on campus this summer.

Our office will focus on a handful of projects during spring break, including:

  • Chilled water main repair at Heroy Geology
  • Fire alarm modification at Dineen Hall
  • Green Data Center temporary chiller connection
  • CST emergency power upgrades
  • Einhorn Family Walk utility work

Projects occurring on campus during the next month include:

  • Continuation of the accessibility improvements in Flanagan Gym
  • Heroy Geology Lab 019 modifications
  • Huntington Hall fourth floor Psychology Department modifications
  • Admissions Office improvements in Crouse Hinds Hall
  • Replacement of exterior doors in Graham Hall’s lower level
  • Commencement of a steam line replacement project on Irving Avenue
  • Steam line replacement on the SUNY ESF campus in early April

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.

Sincerely,

Pete Sala

Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer

Campus Framework Forum (video)

Students, faculty and staff gathered Tuesday in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3 to participate in a Campus Framework forum. Moderated by Joyce LaLonde 17, vice president of the Student Association and student representative on the Campus Framework Advisory Group, the event featured a panel discussion with Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly, Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala and Professor Cathryn Newton, special advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for faculty engagement and lead faculty advisor on the Campus Framework Advisory Group and the Campus Facilities Advisory Board.

Click on the video to watch the event in its entirety. View the original story at SU News.

Provost Wheatly, Vice President Pete Sala Convene First Campus Facilities Advisory Board Meeting

Michele G. Wheatly, vice chancellor and provost, and Pete Sala, vice president and chief facilities officer, convened the first Campus Facilities Advisory Board (CFAB) meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16.

The CFAB co-chairs, in collaboration with Cathryn Newton, special advisor to the Chancellor and the provost and lead faculty advisor to the board, spent more than an hour tackling a lengthy agenda. That agenda included a review of the board’s charge, an update on the status of several Campus Framework initiatives, an overview of the facility condition assessment that was conducted last summer and a discussion about next steps and action items. Read more about the meeting at SU News.

Students, Faculty and Staff Invited to Participate in Campus Framework Forum Tuesday, Feb. 28

The Syracuse University community is invited and encouraged to participate in a Campus Framework forum Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3.

During the forum, Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele G. Wheatly, Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala and Cathryn Newton, special advisor to the Chancellor and provost for faculty engagement, will provide an overview of information gathered last fall and solicit additional feedback on next steps. Members of the Campus Framework Advisory Group and staff in the Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) will also be on hand to answer questions. Read the full article at SU News.

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.

Sincerely,

Pete Sala

Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer

Campus Framework Update

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.

Sincerely,

Pete Sala

Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer

December Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Though we spend quite a bit of time in preparation for our annual summer construction season, we always take advantage of windows of opportunity with less people on campus to accomplish work with minimal or no impact. We recently accomplished quite a bit of work over Thanksgiving break, and are making preparations for work to take place over the semester break.

During the Thanksgiving break some several smaller-scale items were completed, such as the door replacement at Schine Student Center, continued renovation at the first floor of Bowne Hall, ongoing renovation to the DellPlain residence director apartment, enabling work for the Flint Hall generator docking station, installation of grating to protect the mechanical equipment on the east side of Machinery Hall and HB Crouse elevator adjustments.

Additional work also occurred at a few locations along the Einhorn Family Walk, formerly known as the University Place Promenade. We worked through the holiday weekend to ensure the disturbed areas were restored prior to the start of classes on Nov. 28. While we endured an early snowstorm, teams persevered and adjusted the grade for emergency vehicle access to the Quad 2 parking lot, repoured the concrete walk at the monuments along the walk that leads to Machinery Hall, finished exterior work to prepare snow melt systems for the full winter season and completed exterior work necessary to power and control the new emergency vehicle gate at the west end of University Place near Irving Avenue.

Campus Planning, Design and Construction teams have scheduled work that will occur through the semester break, including the following:

  • Bowne Hall First Floor Renovation: Construction continues on the first floor of Bowne Hall in preparation of the relocation of the Bursar and Cash Operations from Archbold in late January 2017.
  • Comstock Art Facility Foundry Exhaust System: Improvements to the existing exhaust system are planned in rooms 002 and 010 on the ground floor of the Comstock Art Facility.
  • Falk College Mechanical Equipment Screening: A crane will be located in the Q1 lot for two to three days during the break to lift material to the roof. The lot will remain open during the work.
  • Flanagan Gym Accessible Upgrades: Construction of an elevator to provide access to both floors of the facility and the creation of an accessible restroom on the first floor has commenced. Construction will continue through the semester break.
  • Flint Hall Generator Docking Stations: Infrastructure is being installed to support a mobile generator. Upon completion of the project, the building will be connected to a generator to support the electrical demand during a power outage.
  • Goldstein Student Center and Comstock Art Facility Accessible Bathrooms: New single-user accessible restrooms are proposed in both facilities. Construction has started and will continue during the semester break.
  • Heroy Lab 019 Modifications: Design for laboratory modifications to support a new piece of equipment have begun. A majority of construction will take place during the semester break.
  • Irving Garage Concrete Stair Repair: Concrete restoration is planned for the deteriorated concrete in the stairwell the serves the Irving pedestrian bridge.
  • Link Hall ADA Entry and Auditorium Improvements: Construction continues on this new entry. The new entry will be open in January 2017 for the start of the spring semester.
  • Lyman Hall Lower Level Renovations for SU Ambulance: Preparations have begun to relocate SU Ambulance from 804 University Ave. to the lower level of Lyman Hall in January 2017.
  • Slocum Hall CNC Machine Exhaust Improvements: Ventilation system improvements for Slocum Hall room 006 are planned in advance of the purchase of a computer numerically controlled machine.

Physical Plant will also be executing several smaller-scale construction projects, including the following:

  • 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.

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

The last fall construction information session will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Heroy Geology Building, Room 113, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Construction information sessions will continue in January 2017 as we work toward sharing an updated Campus Framework report with the campus community. An announcement will be made in advance of the January session. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact the Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services (EOIRS) office at 315.443.4018.

The Campus Framework Advisory Group has begun its work of analyzing feedback, and incorporating this feedback into the upcoming revised draft of the Campus Framework. If you haven’t had an opportunity to read the draft Campus Framework, please visit campusframework.syr.edu.

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.

Sincerely,

Pete Sala

Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer

Construction During Thanksgiving Break

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

With Thanksgiving break nearly upon our campus, I wanted to let you know about some winter preparations and projects that will be taking place on or near the Einhorn Family Walk, formerly the University Place Promenade. All work will be performed and completed by Nov. 28 when classes resume.

A summary of projects includes:

  • Gate Improvement Conduits: The existing gate on University Place adjacent to Irving Avenue will be updated for automation to improve emergency access. The emergency power will be provided from Newhouse 3 and controls will be provided from Crouse Hinds Hall. The conduit systems will be installed through trenchless technology methods over Thanksgiving break. There will be seven days of trenchless work starting on Nov. 18. This will include limited excavations at the pipe entry/exit points. In addition, there will also be excavations adjacent to the buildings for pipe entry. The remaining gate equipment will be installed upon delivery in January 2017.
  • Handrail Work: Additional handrails will be installed along the eastern Place of Remembrance ramp and the old handrails at Bird Library will be replaced. The foundations for the Place of Remembrance ramp railings will take three days to establish, with railings to follow in December.
  • Monument Fire Lane Work: Work will be taking place from Nov. 17-27 at the monuments south of Bird Library in order to improve grading for Syracuse City Fire and Emergency vehicle access. This will allow vehicles to traverse from the Q2 parking area to the Einhorn Family Walk in emergency situations. The area will be fenced off during construction and the walk between the monuments will not be open.
  • Snowmelt Work: There will be work occurring within the Newhouse School and Schine Student Center to establish snowmelt mechanical systems. While the project will primarily occur within the mechanical rooms, there will be a three-day excavation required for the southwest grassy area of Schine to bring piping into the building. This area will be fenced off, but will not impact access to Schine. These systems will come online over the winter break.

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 Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services, at 315.443.2377 or ajhoduka@syr.edu.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday break.

Sincerely,

Pete Sala

Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer