May 31 Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

The summer construction season is well underway as my team and I have begun another full schedule of facility improvements across campus. Similar to last year’s construction season, I plan to provide updates throughout the summer via email communications. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Following Commencement weekend, the Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) began a wide range of projects, including significant residence hall renovations, classroom improvements and accessibility upgrades.

Additionally, as discussed at a recent information session, the Waverly Avenue Utility Expansion and Renewal project will likely be the most substantial project of the summer. A number of steps have been taken to minimize inconvenience for the campus community, including the arrangement of alternative parking for Waverly parking lot permit holders. To learn more about this project, click here.

There are numerous other projects occurring this summer, including:

  • Day Hall Phase 1, bathroom renovations;
  • DellPlain Hall Phase 2, bathroom renovations;
  • Dineen Hall accessible suite entry upgrades, including door operators;
  • Haven Hall Phase 2, first- and second-floor upgrades and construction of accessible restrooms;
  • Physical access inspections of residence halls and dining halls;
  • Schine Student Center second-floor, single-occupant accessible restrooms; and
  • Sims Hall second-floor final improvements, which includes improvements to the Martin Luther King Jr. Library.

A full listing of summer construction projects is now posted on the Campus Planning, Design and Construction website. Please refer to our website periodically, as it will be updated regularly. And, please feel free to reach out to the assigned CPDC manager, who is listed on the website next to each project, with any questions you may have.

Finally, the first monthly forum this summer to update the campus community on construction projects will occur later this morning, at 9:30 a.m. in Lyman Auditorium (Room 132). I hope you can join us. Additional forums will be announced shortly.

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

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May 2017 Construction Update

Commencement is less than two weeks away and as such, the team in the Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) is actively preparing for a busy summer construction schedule. A number of important projects will occur this summer, including significant investments in classroom spaces, maker space, learning technology and residence halls. Additionally, a number of initiatives focused on upgrading utilities and infrastructure will get underway this summer.  Continue Reading

April 27th Information Session to Focus on Waverly Avenue Construction

Next month, the Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC), in partnership with the City of Syracuse, will begin work on replacing a more than 100-year-old brick sewer located under Waverly Avenue. Due to its age, the sewer is in danger of failing.

This work, which will also include other critical water main upgrades, will begin after Commencement. It is part of a two-year project funded by a significant federal grant. The grant money will support a number of improvements, including creating new Waverly Avenue bus stop pull-offs that will enhance roadway safety and access.

During this construction:

  • Waverly Avenue will be temporarily closed between University Avenue and South Crouse Avenue from May 15 to August 11.
  • The Waverly Parking Lot will also be temporarily closed, beginning May 15. The lot will remain open for ADA permit holders, who will have access from Marshall Street.
  • Emergency vehicles will continue to have full access to all of Waverly Avenue.
  • Centro buses will be rerouted during the construction. Temporary bus routes will be announced by Centro and shared with the campus community very soon.
  • The Newhouse equipment cage will remain open, and students will have continued access through the Waverly pull-off.

This past week, Parking and Transit Services staff personally contacted all Waverly Lot permit holders to notify them of this forthcoming construction. Except for ADA permit holders, each permit holder has been relocated to alternative campus parking lots.

I recognize you may have questions or concerns about this temporary work and this construction may be an inconvenience. As such, I’d like to invite you to join me, and several of my CPDC colleagues, for an information session to further discuss, among other things, what this work will mean for your daily travels and alternative routes and schedules provided by Centro Bus Service. The details of the information session are as follows:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3

4 p.m.

American Sign Language (ASL) and Communication Access Real-Time (CART) interpretation will be available for each event. If you have requests for accessibility and accommodations, please contact the Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services (EOIRS) office at 315.443.4018.

If you have any general 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, 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

Thank you in advance for your continued patience and support of these important projects.

Sincerely,

Pete Sala

Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer

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