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March Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

I’d like to begin this message with a heartfelt thank you to members of our campus community for their patience as we worked to maintain a safe environment during Friday’s winter storm. I’d like to recognize our Physical Plant teams for their perseverance to remove tons of snow—literally. The team’s work ensured our essential services personnel were able to safely support our students through the intense weather system. In addition, I’d like to express my gratitude to the Department of Recreation Services and Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) teams who seamlessly relocated fitness equipment and renovated spaces for fitness activities to Flanagan Gymnasium and the Women’s Building. Their hard work ensured that students, faculty and staff continue to have access to equipment, classes and fitness areas during the Archbold Gymnasium transformation.

Now that spring is around the corner, work is underway for a significant amount of construction and utility improvement projects on our campus. Members of our staff will become more visible as they perform outdoor cleanup and ongoing maintenance activities to prepare our campus for the warmer months ahead. My colleagues and I continue to work on a number of important projects, including the following:

All Gender Restroom Signage: After significant campuswide engagement and thoughtful design work by staff in CPDC and our School of Architecture students, new all gender restroom signage is currently being installed at more than 700 single-occupancy restrooms on campus.

Campus Utility Work: There are three main areas that will be impacted during utility upgrades and progress will be achieved in several phases. Work areas will change and students, faculty and staff traveling in these areas should stay alert and follow the pedestrian signs.

• Utility work will be taking place during spring break in the Shaw Quadrangle area and will be completed by March 19 when students return to campus.
• Utility improvements in the Newhouse 3 lawn area are scheduled to be completed prior to Commencement weekend in May.
• Utility upgrades in the Q-1 parking lot will continue throughout the summer and progress toward the front of Heroy, along the west and south side of Steele Hall toward the Quad. This work is scheduled to be completed in August prior to the start of the fall semester.

Graham Dining Hall: Renovations are nearly complete and the new fitness center will open later this month. This facility will be an excellent addition to our current fitness offerings.

National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC): Construction activity and excavation for the NVRC building’s foundation is underway at the intersection of Waverly and South Crouse avenues. Site preparation and progress can been be observed via the inaugural drone flyover or by watching the construction webcam on the NVRC website. The building is scheduled to open in spring 2020.

Archbold Gymnasium: Demolition work continues on the interior spaces and renovations will become more obvious as summer approaches. The existing southern portion of the building will be removed and the larger building addition will be constructed to support the new natatorium, the building which houses the swimming pool. Construction includes the creation of the Barnes Center at The Arch, a new state-of-the-art health, wellness and recreation complex. The building is scheduled to open in fall 2019.

We are also working at rounding out a full list of this summer’s construction activity to share with the campus community in April. 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.

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.

I hope you have a safe and enjoyable spring break.

Sincerely,

Pete Sala
Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer

February Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

After successfully wrapping up a large amount of work during our semester break construction window, we are excited to begin two transformational campus construction projects. Excavation and renovation work has begun on the National Veterans Resource Center and Archbold Gymnasium, respectively. These projects will help advance the University’s goals of being the best place for veterans and enhancing the student experience. Neither would be possible without the generosity of our alumni.

A summary of projects includes:

• National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC): As announced yesterday, the $20 million gift from U.S. Navy veteran and Life Trustee Daniel D’Aniello ’68 and his wife, Gayle, will support construction of the National Veterans Resource Center. During the coming weeks you will notice an increase in the construction activity near the intersection of Waverly and South Crouse avenues—progress can been seen from the construction webcam on the NVRC website. 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.

• Archbold Gymnasium: Renovation work has commenced inside Archbold Gymnasium. A significant amount of demolition of the interior spaces has taken place in the past month and will be more visible in the coming weeks. Construction 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.

• Graham Dining Hall: Renovations to room 001 continue to create a new fitness center, which will include aerobic exercise equipment and free weights. It is expected to open in early March.

• Hall of Languages: Work is nearly complete for the two new fully accessible, single-occupant restrooms on the first floor. These new restrooms will be available in early February.

• Campus Utility Work: In mid-February underground utility work will commence in the Q-1 parking lot and the lawn area on the west side of Newhouse 3. These upgrades are necessary to modernize our campus utility infrastructure and to meet the demands of our campus. Work will continue into the summer months. Additional information about this project will be forthcoming.

We are also working at rounding out a full list of this summer’s construction activity to share with the campus community in the coming months. 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.

Sincerely,
Pete Sala
Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer

Campus Community Forum Thursday to Discuss Upcoming Campus Utility Work

An open forum for the campus community will be held Thursday, Jan. 18, to provide information about upcoming utility work on the Shaw Quad. The event will be held at 3:45 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3.

Pete Sala, vice president and chief facilities officer, will present information on the utility work that will start in mid-February on and around the Quad. Joe Alfieri, director of Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC), and Dave Warren, CPDC project manager, will also be at the event to discuss the project.

The campus community will hear information about what to expect regarding changes to access to sidewalks, walkways, parking, etc., during the project.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations at the forum, contact the Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services (EOIRS) office at 315.443.4018.

For more information about the Campus Framework, visit http://campusframework.syr.edu/.

Read the original article at SU News.

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.

Sincerely,

Pete Sala
Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer

December Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

With the winter break nearly upon us, I wanted to provide a final construction update for 2017. Our campus continues to demonstrate its charm and beauty throughout every season. With the help and dedication of our Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction teams, we have completed more than 175 campus improvement projects this year. I am grateful for their hard work and support to maintain and renew our facilities and grounds—no matter what the weather is outside.

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

  • 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. Tan’s gift will help ensure students have access to comprehensive health, wellness and recreation services and resources for generations to come. We’ll continue to share frequent updates as we approach its fall 2019 opening.
  • Huntington Hall Accessible Restrooms: We will renovate two existing restrooms on the third floor to create two single-occupant accessible restrooms. Work will be completed prior to the start of the spring semester.
  • National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC): During the next several weeks you will notice increased activity on the corner of Waverly and South Crouse avenues as the University prepares to break ground in January 2018 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.
  • Slocum Hall: Our teams are currently installing HVAC system upgrades and enhanced finishes in the architectural reading room. All work will be completed by the start of the spring semester in January 2018. The improvements include HVAC system upgrades, modifications to improve functionality and upgraded finishes in the building.
  • Women’s Building and Flanagan Gymnasium: In preparation for the Archbold renovation, we have taken extensive measures to ensure students, faculty and staff have access to equipment, classes and spaces for recreation and fitness activities. Improvements will be completed by mid-December and ready for use in January 2018.

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 a safe and happy winter semester break and look forward to seeing you on campus in 2018.

Sincerely,
Pete Sala
Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer

Alumnus Kwang Tan, Ph.D., Makes $3.5 Million Gift in Support of Student Health, Wellness and Recreation

A $3.5 million gift from alumnus Kwang Tan G’73, Ph.D., will help ensure Syracuse University students have access to comprehensive health, wellness and recreation services and resources for generations to come. Tan’s gift 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. Read more at SU News or read more about the Barnes Center at The Arch.

Archbold Gymnasium Transformation Update

Work is officially underway to transform Archbold Gymnasium into a state-of-the-art health, wellness and recreation complex.

During the Thanksgiving Break, the teams in the Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction; Recreation Services; and Physical Plant will begin clearing out Archbold Gymnasium in advance of the exciting renovation project.

The preparation work that will be completed during the holiday break includes:

  • We will move the free weights in the Archbold fitness center to the Archbold basketball court; they will remain available for your use.
  • We will disassemble the orange synergy multi-use, jungle gym. Soon, we will deliver it to the Women’s Building. It will be available for use at the beginning of January.
  • We will convert two racquetball courts in Flanagan Gymnasium into dance studios.

In the coming weeks, we will complete the following work:

  • The televisions and truss system in the Archbold fitness center will be dismantled and delivered to the Women’s Building. We expect this to be completed by Dec. 15.
  • The free weight equipment will be delivered to the Women’s Building by Dec. 18, ensuring students, faculty and staff have access to equipment through most of the final week of the semester.
  • The cardiovascular and weight machines will be delivered to the Women’s Building. Additionally, two Flanagan Gymnasium racquetball courts will be converted into dance studios. This is scheduled for the week of Dec. 18.

Other important updates include:

  • As of Jan. 3, cardiovascular and weight machines will be available in Alternative Gym B, which is located on the third floor of the Women’s Building.
  • Room 129C in the Women’s Building will house free weight equipment that will be available for use on Jan. 3 and will remain available throughout the renovation project.

As we begin this process, we thank you for your understanding and flexibility. We will work hard to minimize the disruption to your daily fitness routines. We will also provide consistent communication to ensure we are keeping you up-to-date on the status of construction and the availability of equipment and services.

Sincerely,
M. Dolan Evanovich
Senior Vice President for Enrollment and the Student Experience

Pete Sala
Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer

Archbold Gymnasium Transformation

Last week, the University announced progress on the transformation of Archbold Gymnasium, which includes the creation of the Barnes Center at The Arch, a state-of-the-art, fully accessible health, wellness and recreation complex. This exciting Campus Framework initiative will bring together student-focused health and wellness services into one central location, providing convenient access to all users.

Trustee support of the project and a lead gift will allow construction to officially begin in January 2018. The start of the spring semester will see Archbold Gymnasium closed for this renovation and recreation facilities relocated to Flanagan Gymnasium and the Women’s Building. The new Barnes Center at The Arch will open in time for the start of the fall 2019 semester.

In preparation for this renovation, the Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) and Recreation Services have taken extensive measures to ensure students, faculty and staff have access to equipment, classes and spaces for recreation and fitness activities. During this temporary period, much of the equipment and designated fitness spaces will relocate to Flanagan Gymnasium and the Women’s Building. The Recreation Services staff will also relocate their offices to the Women’s Building.

The holistic health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff is a priority of the Academic Strategic Plan and an important component to enhancing the student experience. During the renovation of The Arch, we will continue to provide services and facilities that will deliver on those priorities. We invite you to visit the Barnes Center at The Arch webpage to review the plans for this exciting new facility.

Throughout the next few weeks, we will provide updates on plans for the spring semester, including hours and locations. This information will be available on the Recreation Services website soon. We encourage you to read the monthly CPDC construction email updates, as well as visit the Recreation Services website, for the most up-to-date news about renovation progress.

Thank you for your ongoing support and shared excitement as we prepare for construction of this transformative health and wellness complex.

Sincerely,

M. Dolan Evanovich
Senior Vice President for Enrollment and the Student Experience

Pete Sala
Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer

November Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

A winter chill definitely found its way to Central New York over the past few days. The cold air, however, didn’t dull the enthusiasm of the campus community members who joined us for the Barnes Center at The Arch event on Nov. 11. This project is a centerpiece of the Campus Framework and, when the renovation is complete in fall 2019, will result in a state-of-the-art health and wellness complex that is central to the transformation of Archbold Gymnasium.

With Thanksgiving Break nearly upon us, I wanted to let you know about some winter preparations and utility repair projects taking place on our campus.

A summary of projects includes:

  • Crouse College Masonry Restoration: We have begun to install replacement stones to match the historic masonry prior to the winter season. Our team will resume restoration work in spring 2018.
  • Fire Hydrant Replacement near Hall of Languages: A fire hydrant adjacent to the Hall of Languages will be replaced during Thanksgiving Break. This will result in a short water outage on Nov. 20 that will be communicated to the occupants of affected buildings this week.
  • Hendricks Chapel Stair Replacement: The final touches have been completed on the Hendricks Chapel stair replacement project. A new bronze handrail and refreshed memorial plaques were installed in time for Veterans Day.
  • Schine Student Center Chilled Water Repair: Repairs to a broken chilled water line will be completed over Thanksgiving Break. This will not have an impact on the building, but will require an area west of the building to be fenced for excavation and repair. All repairs will be made and the site restored by the end of the break.
  • Women’s Building Exterior Lighting: We will continue exterior lighting work near the Women’s Building to enhance visibility and safety. The improvements will be completed by the end of this month.

As always, please check our website to learn more about projects in your area and get 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 a safe and happy Thanksgiving Break.

Sincerely,
Pete Sala
Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer

October Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As a few small-scale projects continue on campus, Campus Planning, Design and Construction is busy planning for classroom, laboratory and residence hall improvements that will take place next summer.
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