University Continues to Make Critical Improvements to Enhance Accessibility and Inclusion Across Campus

Back on campus for the start of the 2017-18 academic year, students, faculty and staff will notice a variety of changes that are improving how they move around campus, participate in events and pursue their academic and research endeavors. Over the past year, Syracuse University has made significant progress to enhance accessibility across campus—from academic buildings and residence halls to event programming and technology. The focus on accessibility is the latest step in the University’s long history of advocacy for people with disabilities—both as a worldwide leader with experts in the field and as a place striving to ensure an inclusive community for everyone. Read more at SU News.

Aug. 23 Construction Update

This week, we welcome new and returning students, and celebrate the successful completion of another summer construction season. My colleagues in the Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) and I would like to thank all members of the campus community for their support and flexibility throughout the summer. It is truly a team effort to complete such a large amount of work in a relatively short period of time. As we transition into the academic year, there will be smaller-scale projects taking place across campus. This is my last biweekly update of the summer; we will continue to keep you informed via a monthly email communication.

The following significant projects will continue into the fall semester, with limited impact on the campus community:

  • Carnegie Library: The work includes the conversion of the heating system from steam to a hot water system and creation of two student group study rooms. Work will continue, in mostly mechanical spaces, into the fall. Completion of work this fall will allow the new, much more comfortable, heating and cooling system to be operational for winter.
  • Crouse College: Masonry repairs and restoration of the demi-domes continue to progress well, and the work is expected to continue into the fall. We will continue to update you on the progress.
  • Hendricks Chapel Stair Replacement: The installation of new granite treads is complete. The remaining work, including plaza drainage improvements, will be complete in the first week of October.

To see a full listing of current construction projects, as well as maps indicating the areas affected, please visit the CPDC website. This website is updated regularly. Please reach out to the assigned CPDC manager, who is listed on the website next to each project, with any questions you may have.

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. For 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

August 9th Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

In two weeks, first-year and transfer students will arrive on campus, marking the beginning of their academic careers at Syracuse University. Shortly after, the remainder of students will return ready to start another great year. When they arrive on campus, our facilities will be ready to greet them with countless improvements, both large and small. You, and they, will likely notice improvements made over the 14-week construction season in our residence halls, classrooms and other facilities.

My colleagues and I continue to work on a number of important projects, including the following:

  • Carnegie Library: The work includes the conversion of the heating system from steam to a hot water system and creation of two student group study rooms. Work will continue, in mostly mechanical spaces, into the fall. Completion of work this fall will allow the new, much more comfortable, heating and cooling system to be operational for winter.
  • Center for Science and Technology Roof Replacement: All roofing membrane work is complete, and work is underway on metal flashing and railings. The work will be finalized, and the crane will be gone from campus prior to the return of students.
  • Classroom Upgrades: Renovations of six classrooms in the Hall of Languages and three classrooms in Link Hall and the Center for Science and Technology are nearing completion, and will be finished by the end of next week. Additionally, the upgrades of seating, carpeting and window treatments in Watson Theater will wrap up next week as well.
  • Crouse College: Masonry repairs and restoration of the demi-domes continue to progress well, and the work is expected to continue into the fall. We will continue to update you on the progress.
  • Einhorn Family Walk Seating: The installation of the new seating is underway, and will be complete by Aug. 23.
  • Hendricks Chapel Stair Replacement: Granite treads are being set now. The whole project, including plaza drainage improvements, will be complete in the first week of October. You may notice the fence around the chapel steps will be removed this weekend. We have made arrangements to allow for the steps to be used for an alumni couple’s wedding ceremony prior to final completion of the project. The fence will be put back in place, and work will resume immediately after the wedding.
  • Residence Hall Improvements: All work in DellPlain, Day and Haven halls will be completed in the next few days, and they will be ready to receive students with numerous renovated restrooms and improved student rooms.
  • Waverly Avenue Utilities: All underground utility work is complete, and site restoration is well underway. The final concrete road base will be placed this week, and paving will begin later this week and continue into next week. The work is on schedule, and the road is expected to be reopened on Aug. 18.

To see a full listing of summer construction projects, as well as maps indicating the areas affected by the projects above, please visit the Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) website. This website is updated regularly. Please reach out to the assigned CPDC manager, who is listed on the website next to each project, with any questions you may have.

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. For 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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July 27 Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Students return to campus in less than one month, and many improvements across campus will greet them upon their arrival. University staff and contractors continue to work diligently to meet the deadlines for the campus improvements. The project schedule is carefully tracked on all summer construction projects, with milestones marking our progress toward completion.

We are pleased to note that several critical milestones have been met over the last two weeks on three major projects:

  • Crouse College: The installation of the glass in the skylights at Crouse College is 50 percent complete. Skylight replacement will be complete prior to the start of fall semester classes. Masonry repairs and restoration of the demi-domes will continue into the fall.
  • Hendricks Chapel Stair Replacement: The final concrete pour for the steps is complete. Installation of the new limestone on the cheek walls will commence this week. The full project will be complete by the first week of October.
  • Waverly Avenue Utility Project: The water main installation on Waverly Avenue, including steam, chilled water, power and data work, is roughly 80 percent completed, and Waverly Avenue is on track to open on schedule on August 18.

We greatly appreciate the patience of the campus community as we work toward another successful season of summer construction. Other significant ongoing projects include the following:

  • Center for Science and Technology Roof Replacement: The roof work is 60 percent complete, and will be complete prior to the start of classes.
  • Classroom Improvements: Work is underway in Link Hall rooms 373 and 331 and Center for Science and Technology room 3-116 to update room finishes and technology, and will be complete prior to the start of classes.
  • Hall of Languages Classroom Renovation: The work continues to the classroom upgrades, and the infrastructure to support the new AV equipment is underway. These classrooms will be ready for the first day of class.
  • Maxwell Third Floor Accessible Restroom: The construction will commence in early August, and be completed in September.
  • Parking Garage Repair and Renewal: Concrete repair, restoration and sealing in all six University garages has begun, and will continue into the fall.
  • Residence Halls: Work continues at a swift pace in Day Hall, DellPlain Hall and Haven Hall, and will be ready for move-in. Improvements include the creation of single-user accessible bathrooms and student room modifications.
  • SU Ambulance Covered Parking Structure: The covered parking structure in the Q2 lot will be complete in early August.

To see a full listing of summer construction projects, as well as maps indicating the areas affected by the projects above, please visit the Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) website. This website is updated regularly. Please reach out to the assigned CPDC manager, who is listed on the website next to each project, with any questions you may have.

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. For 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

July 12 Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

We have passed the mid-point of the summer construction season, and projects are progressing well due to the hard work of University staff and contractors. Many people work six and seven days a week to improve our campus during the summer months. We appreciate the patience of the campus community as we make the final push to complete projects during the next month. At this point in the summer, all of our exterior projects have become evident, including the roof replacement at the Center for Science and Technology, Hendricks Chapel stair replacement and Crouse College masonry improvements. The Waverly Avenue utility project has made good progress during the recent dry weather and is scheduled to be complete in mid-August.

Other significant projects include the following:

  • Carnegie Library: Continuation of a multi-phase renovation project. The work this summer includes the conversion of the heating system from steam to a hot water system and creation of two student group study rooms.
  • Classroom Improvements: Work is underway in Link Hall rooms 373 and 331 and Center for Science and Technology room 3-116 to update room finishes and technology in these three classrooms.
  • Crouse College Masonry and Skylight Repairs: Final measurements have been taken, and the glazing for the skylights above the band room have been ordered for replacement in August. Masonry repair work is underway and will continue into the fall.
  • Goldstein Student Center: Full upgrade/replacement of the fire alarm system.
  • Parking Garage Repair and Renewal: Concrete repair, restoration and sealing in all six University garages will begin this month and continue into the fall.
  • Parking Lot Repair: Asphalt paving, crack sealing and restriping of University parking lots, including the Standart lot, Manley North and South bus lane, Women’s Building south and several other parking lots during the months of July and August.
  • Replacement of the Hendricks Chapel Main Steps: Demolition is complete, the bottom few steps have been formed and concrete was poured earlier this week. Concrete work will progress to the top steps throughout the summer in preparation for the placement of new, more durable granite treads.
  • Residence Halls: Work continues at a swift pace in Day Hall, DellPlain Hall and Haven Hall. Improvements include the creation of single-user accessible bathrooms and student room modifications.
  • Syracuse Stage: Renovations to the existing bathrooms in Archbold Theater into new accessible restrooms have begun. This project is anticipated to be complete the first week of September.
  • Women’s Building: Installation of a new wood sprung dance floor in room 211 is complete.

To see a full listing of summer construction projects, as well as maps indicating the areas affected by the projects above, please visit the Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) website. This website is updated regularly. Please reach out to the assigned CPDC manager, who is listed on the website next to each project, with any questions you may have.

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. For 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

June 28 Construction Update

We are quickly approaching the Fourth of July holiday, and the midway point for the summer construction season. Renovation projects in Day, Haven and DellPlain residence halls are progressing well, and the Waverly Avenue utility work is moving along on schedule despite the frequent rain we have experienced. A second series of projects is just beginning or will get underway in the next week.

The most significant projects include the following:

  • Center for Science and Technology roof replacement: The work area in the Quad 4 parking lot is now fenced off and the removal of roof ballast has begun. The roof replacement is scheduled to be completed in August.
  • Hall of Languages Classroom Renovation: Phase one of a two-year project to renovate the Hall of Languages is officially underway. Phase one will include updating the room finishes and technology in six classrooms on the first and second floors on the east side of the building this summer.
  • Link Hall and Center for Science and Technology classroom improvements: This project will create three flexible, active learning classrooms that include new technology and multi-functional furnishings.
  • Replacement of the Hendricks Chapel main steps: Fencing is up and crews are mobilizing to begin the project. In the next week they will begin the removal of the deteriorated limestone steps, and begin to reconstruct the structural support elements for the new steps. More durable granite stair treads will be installed. The project will be completed by the first week of September.
  • Watson Hall Theater improvements: Finishes in the Watson Theater will be replaced, including seating, carpet and window treatments. This work follows up on the new classroom technology installed last summer.
  • Crouse College masonry and skylight repairs: Scaffolding has been erected and work has begun on replacing the glazing in the skylights above the band room in Crouse College. Simultaneously, masonry crews are restoring the historic masonry facade.

To see a full listing of summer construction projects, as well as maps indicating the areas affected by the projects above, please visit the Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) website. This website is updated regularly. Please reach out to the assigned CPDC manager, who is listed on the website next to each project, with any questions you may have. The third monthly forum this summer to update the campus community on construction projects will occur next Wednesday, July 12, at 9:30 a.m. in Shemin Auditorium in the Shaffer Art Building.

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. For 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

June 14 Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

We are roughly one month into the summer construction season and I am pleased to report that our work is progressing well. Several projects are already nearing completion, including the construction of the single-occupant accessible restroom on the second floor of the Schine Student Center, the Martin Luther King Jr. Library improvements in Sims Hall and the Dineen Hall accessible suite entry upgrades.

Major construction continues at Day, Haven and DellPlain residence halls, where work is on track to be completed ahead of the return of students in August. These improvements are not only necessary; they will also enhance the living and learning environment for many of our students.

As you know, work also continues on Waverly Avenue, our largest project of the summer. Despite the rainy May we experienced, the sewer replacement work is complete. We will now turn our collective attention to the steam, chilled water, power and data work that are critical to this process. This project will improve the flow of traffic on Waverly, enhance the travel experience for all pedestrians and provide a more welcoming entrance to our campus. Of course, the utility work is also critical to the upgrading of our campus infrastructure.

The Waverly Avenue work also supports the development of the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC), a first-of-its-kind facility that will serve as a home for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the University’s many veteran-related programs and services. In the coming months, we will continue to take a number of important steps to prepare the space at the corner of Waverly and South Crouse avenues for forthcoming construction. As with all our projects, we will continue to update the campus community about important happenings and milestones. You may also visit nvrc.syr.edu/ for more details.

We are also preparing to initiate a number of other projects, including

  • Center for Science and Technology roof replacement
  • Link Hall and Center for Science and Technology classroom improvements
  • replacement of the Hendricks Chapel main steps
  • Watson Hall auditorium improvements
  • Crouse College masonry and skylight repairs
  • Schine Student Center fire alarm system replacement

To see a full listing of summer construction projects, as well as maps indicating the areas affected by the projects above, please visit the Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) website. This website is updated regularly. Please reach out to the assigned CPDC manager, who is listed on the website next to each project, with any questions you may have. The second monthly forum this summer to update the campus community on construction projects will occur next Wednesday, June 21, at 9:30 a.m. in Lyman Auditorium, Room 132.

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. And don’t forget to join us for our next Campus Framework forum on Thursday, June 15, at 4 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3.

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. For 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

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

Board of Trustees Endorses Award-Winning Campus Framework—Vision for Excellence; Full Report Now Available for Community Feedback

20-year visioning document identifies opportunities to align the Academic Strategic Plan with the physical campus environment.

Ensuring that Syracuse University’s physical landscape, buildings and infrastructure align with and support the priorities of the Academic Strategic Plan and its institutional mission and vision is the chief objective of the newly released Campus FrameworkVision for Excellence. Read the full article at SU News.

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