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

November Construction Update

During the last several months, the Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) has completed a number of projects, all of which are designed to enhance the living, learning and working environment at Syracuse University.

While construction has been ongoing, our team has also spent many hours meeting with several of you. We’ve hosted more than a dozen Campus Framework forums and construction information sessions and have been very appreciative of your good ideas and candid feedback.

Much of what we are doing is largely driven by your input. If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate in a Campus Framework forum or a construction information session, I urge you to do so before the end of the semester. Our team will host two more construction information sessions on Tuesday, November 15 and Wednesday, December 7—both begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be held in Heroy 113. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available at both events. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact the Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services (EOIRS) office at 315.443.4018.

This month’s construction updates include:

  • Bowne Hall Renovation: Renovations continue on the first floor of Bowne Hall for the relocation of the Bursar’s Office and Cash Operations from Archbold. Project completion is on schedule for mid-December. The Bursar’s Office and Cash Operations will relocate upon completion of the project.
  • Center for Science and Technology Siding Replacement: The siding project and the painting of the exhaust stack are complete. All parking spaces are available for use in the Q4 parking lot. I want to thank the Q4 parking permit holders for their patience and cooperation during this project.
  • Day Hall Bathroom Renovations: The design work for a bathroom renovation project has commenced for Day Hall. This project will convert the existing multi-user restrooms into accessible single-user restrooms and showers on all floors. A two-phase project is planned, with Phase One construction taking place in the summer of 2017 and Phase Two construction taking place during the summer of 2018.
  • DellPlain Bathroom Renovations: Phase Two of the DellPlain bathroom renovation project is scheduled to take place during the summer 2017 construction season. The bathrooms in the east/west wing of the building will be converted to single-user accessible shower and bathrooms, similar to what was done in Phase One this past summer.
  • Falk College Café: The renovations to the second-floor café are significantly completed. The final testing and approval of the ductwork took longer than expected, delaying the project. The HVAC contractor has completed their work. However, additional time is needed for startup and training on the new kitchen equipment. A new opening date for the café has not been established.
  • Falk College (White Hall): Architectural painted aluminum screening is proposed to be installed along the perimeter of the White Hall roof this fall to shield the view of the existing mechanical equipment on the roof. To minimize the impact to the Q1 parking lot, delivery and installation of the aluminum screening will occur during the week of Thanksgiving.
  • Goldstein Student Center: A new, single-user accessible restroom is planned for the second floor. Construction will begin this month.
  • Hendricks Chapel Steps: CPDC is currently seeking proposals from architects to study the repair and/or replacement of the limestone steps at the main entrance to the chapel. These improvements are planned to occur during the summer of 2017.
  • Huntington Hall: A plaster repair project is planned for the lower level of Huntington Hall in public corridors. The project has been awarded to a contractor and the work will commence this month. A majority of the work will take place during nonbusiness hours. All work will be substantially completed in early December. CPDC will communicate a schedule and the sequencing of the work to the building occupants.
  • Irving Garage Stair Maintenance: Repair work for the concrete stairs and railings is planned for the stairwell that is connected to the pedestrian bridge. CPDC has awarded the project to a contractor. The work will commence this month and be substantially complete in mid-December. Additional information will be shared with the campus community as the schedule is confirmed during the next week.
  • Link Hall Accessible Ramp and Auditorium Improvements: The construction of the new ramped entry on the east side (Sims Hall side) continues. Most of the work that is visible to the public is complete. Work on the snow melt system in the mechanical room continues. During the past month work that would be disruptive to the building was scheduled to be performed after hours and and over the weekend. Requiring this work to be completed during nonbusiness hours has changed the anticipated completion date to late November or early December. This project is among a number of accessibility improvement and classroom enhancement projects taking place on campus.
  • Schine Student Center Exterior Glass Door Replacement: Six of seven sets of new doors that are proposed for the Schine Center have been installed ahead of schedule. The main entry doors (Einhorn Family Walk side) will be replaced during Thanksgiving break. The project also includes adding electronic locking and card access on all doors, a feature that is installed on almost all other University facilities.
  • Sims Hall Exterior Stairs: New granite stair treads have been installed. Temporary railings will be reinstalled until the permanent custom railings arrive. Work is nearly complete in the mechanical room for the proposed snow melt system to be operable this winter.

As a reminder, 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 443.4652. And if you have questions pertaining to accessibility, contact Aaron Hodukavich, director and ADA coordinator in EOIRS, at 443.2377 or ajhoduka@syr.edu.

Sincerely,

Pete Sala

Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer

Campus Community Invited to Vote for Furnishing Options Along Einhorn Family Walk

As part of the ongoing Campus Framework community engagement effort, members of the Syracuse University campus community are invited to help select furnishing options for the Einhorn Family Walk. Four options were presented during the Friday, Oct. 14, engagement session (view the presentation here) by representatives from Sasaki Associates, the Campus Framework’s design partner. Each of the options presented distinctly different ideas of what a fully furnished space could look and feel like. All options include choices for benches and seating, fixed furniture, planters and detectable warning pavers. Detectable warning pavers are manufactured with a raised textured surface, known as truncated domes, and are used to alert people with vision impairments of their approach to changing terrain. Furnishing options can be viewed and voted on online by clicking here. Read the full article at SU News.

Campus Framework Advisory Group Adds New Members for Next Phase of Planning Process

For the past two years, members of the Campus Framework Advisory Group have been hard at work helping to guide the planning and design needed to transform the University’s landscape. The group has facilitated surveys, participated in countless listening sessions and collaborated with Sasaki Associates, the University’s design partner, to bring the vision for the campus community to life. Read more at SU News.

University Place Promenade Receives $1 Million Naming Gift from University Trustee Steven L. 64, G’67 and Sherry ’65 Einhorn

For more than two years, Steven L. Einhorn ’64, G’67 has served as chair of the Campus Framework Advisory Group, a team of trustees, students, faculty and staff charged with imagining a transformative, student-centric vision for the Syracuse University campus.

Today, not only does Einhorn continue to lead the effort to bring the bold concepts contained within the Campus Framework to life, he’s also responsible for naming one of the framework’s signature projects. As a result of a $1 million naming gift from Steve and Sherry ’65 Einhorn, the University Place Promenade will now be known as “The Einhorn Family Walk.” Details of a celebration event will be announced soon. Read the full article at SU News.

Campuswide Input Sought for New Signage and Promenade Furnishings

As the Campus Framework continues to take shape, the Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) will host two more engagement sessions, designed to solicit feedback from the University community about campus restroom signage and University Place Promenade furnishings. Both events will be held on Friday, Oct. 14, in 101 Slocum Hall. Read more at SU News.