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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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Wheatly, Sala Convene First Campus Facilities Advisory Board Meeting of 2017-18 Academic Year

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 of the 2017-18 academic year. Wheatly and Sala, the CFAB co-chairs, and Cathryn Newton, special advisor to the Chancellor and the provost and lead faculty advisor to the board, facilitated a 90-minute conversation on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC). Read more at SU News.

September Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Welcome back! After an extremely successful move-in the semester is off to a great start. Our office appreciates the positive feedback that we have received for the recent improvements to campus. In service to the thousands of students from all over the world who call the Syracuse University campus their home, our office strives to maintain and improve facilities to provide everyone the opportunity to achieve academic excellence. Campus Facilities and Administrative Services (CFAS) implements maintenance and capital improvement projects throughout the year to meet the needs of the campus community.

As we enter the fall semester we continue to work on smaller-scale projects across campus and we begin to plan for classroom, laboratory and residence hall improvements for next summer. I will continue to keep the campus community informed about progress on campus in monthly emails throughout the academic year.

A sample of ongoing projects on campus this fall are:

  • Carnegie Library: Work on the mechanical systems continues and is scheduled to be operational for winter. Two new student group study rooms will be complete prior to the end of the semester.
  • Crouse College: Masonry repairs and restoration work will continue into the late fall.
  • Hendricks Chapel Stair Replacement: New granite stairs are complete. Work continues in the concrete plaza in front of the Hendricks Chapel stairs. All work is scheduled to be complete in the first week of October.
  • Regent Theatre Complex: Construction will be complete this week for the new accessible restrooms and single-user accessible restroom in Archbold Theatre.

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

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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