June Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Summer construction is in full swing on campus. Thank you for your patience as the numerous work crews and contractors make significant progress and improvements to our campus, which are enhancing the student experience in many ways. Campus Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) coordinates the various projects and ensures they are on schedule, with the least amount of disruption to the campus community, especially with the upcoming start of the academic year.

Here is a current listing of the many projects underway and their progress:

Eggers Hall Registrar Classrooms: Four classrooms in Eggers Hall, rooms 012, 070, 111 and 113, will receive updated finishes in July and August. New furniture, carpet and paint will be completed prior to the start of the fall semester.

Hall of Languages: Demolition of the two tiered lecture spaces in rooms 107 and 207 is complete. Renovation work is underway to provide new auditorium seating, carpeting, paint, classroom technology upgrades, and heating and cooling upgrades. This work represents the third and final year of renovating all instructional space in the Hall of Languages.

Hinds Hall ICE Box: Work began at the end of May to create an additional 1,000 square feet of flexible program space on the second floor to support innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship in the School of Information Studies. The proposed project will also include updates to the café area, which are scheduled to be complete by the end of August. Construction of the ICE Box will be completed in late fall.

Lyman Hall Lecture Hall Renovation: Renovations to the tiered lecture space in Lyman Hall room 132 have started. The renovations will include all new finishes, new seating and a new classroom technology system. Construction will be complete in August.

Maxwell School Masonry: Scaffolding was installed on the west side of the building in early June. Masonry repairs have commenced and will continue through the summer. During the next three years, an additional side of the building’s masonry will be repaired and restored each summer.

Shaffer Art Building Glass Block Façade: The existing glass block façade replacement project along the west side of the building is approximately 50 percent complete. Installation of the new glass will begin in July.

Archbold Gymnasium/Barnes Center at The Arch: Great progress is being made throughout the facility. The building enclosure is 80 percent complete. Site work around the building, including sidewalks, landscape pavers and site lighting, is ongoing. Interior ceilings, floor finishes and painting is occurring throughout the building. Finishes are complete in some portions of the building and doors and hardware installation has begun. Startup of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems is underway. The project is on schedule to be completed for the fall semester. Progress on the project can be viewed on the construction webcam.

National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC): Progress is evident seeing the exterior glass curtain wall installation proceed around the perimeter of the building. Installation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems is approximately 60 percent complete. Roof installation is scheduled to be fully complete in July. The project is on schedule for a January 2020 opening. Pedestrians and drivers are reminded to follow the signs in the area of construction. A single lane of traffic will remain along South Crouse Avenue from Waverly Avenue to Marshall Street through this summer. You can monitor the progress at the NVRC website and live webcam.

Schine Student Center Renovation: Interior demolition of the renovation area has commenced. The bookstore and Goldstein Auditorium will remain open throughout construction. Information on where to find relocated offices and services during the renovation can be found in this SU News story. The project, identified as a key component of the Campus Framework, will enhance the student experience by creating new gathering spaces, improved facilities for student services and a new dining experience. More information on the project can be found on the SU News website.

Crouse College Cupola Restoration: All three cupolas have been removed from the roof and placed in a fenced area on the west side of the building. The contractor will restore the cupolas on site before reinstalling them on the roof in August.

Campus Wayfinding and Building Signage: A working group of University representatives is overseeing a phased Campus Wayfinding and Building Signage project. This project includes exterior campus wayfinding and building signage, digital wayfinding, arrival signage to identify campus gateway entrances, interior building signage and wayfinding and donor recognition signage. New parking lot signs are being installed now, and students, faculty, staff and visitors will begin to see new wayfinding signage installed throughout the summer.

Day Hall Student Room Renovations: Construction of this multiphase project is continuing this summer with additional renovations to student rooms and to the student lounges on the first floor. Summer 2019 construction will be the final phase of this project. Upon completion, the three-phase project will provide students with updated single-user accessible restrooms throughout the building, renovated student rooms on all floors and an updated lounge on the first floor.

DellPlain Hall Student Room Renovations: Demolition is complete and the contractor has completed the framing of the walls on floors 6 through 8. This two-phase project will include new room layouts, furniture, flooring and other finishes. The first phase is scheduled for construction this summer and will include student room renovations on floors 6, 7 and 8, and updates to the first-floor lounges. The project is on track for completion in early August.

Lawrinson Hall Roof: The replacement of the Lawrinson Hall roof is approximately 90 percent complete. Work is expected to be complete in late July.

Utility Work:

·         Reconstruction of a steam vault on the east side of the Stadium Lot has commenced and is scheduled to be complete in early August.

·         A separate project to relocate a steam vault at the intersection of Sims and Forestry drives has begun and will be completed in August. The project will require a closure of Forestry Drive at the Sims intersection, which will last approximately three weeks in July. The University community will be informed of the dates and duration of the closure when they are confirmed. Please pay attention to the pedestrian detours noted and follow the directional signs.

·         A steam vault and steam/condensate piping upgrades that support the University’s steam distribution system will be completed in the concrete sidewalk area between Link Hall and Shaffer Art Building. The work began immediately after Commencement and will be completed in August. Pedestrian access through this area from the College Place bus stop to the Shaw Quad will be maintained.

Stadium Roof Project: Preliminary work has commenced for the roof project at the Stadium. The contractor has mobilized to prepare a foundation pad for the crane on the west side of the building. Modifications to the pedestrian route from Sadler and Lawrinson halls to Main Campus have been established. Pedestrians should observe and follow signage. For additional information regarding the pedestrian route, visit http://facilities.syr.edu/closures. Please also note that the Stadium will be closed to walkers after Friday, July 5, due to construction activities around the building. Alternative walking options are available at Manley Field House and Skytop Track this summer.

Adjacent to campus, the City of Syracuse is making significant progress on the proposed bike network project on Comstock and Waverly avenues. Final asphalt paving along Comstock and Waverly avenues began this week. Students, faculty and staff will return to campus at the end of the summer with improved access to campus and new bike lanes on both sides of the street along Comstock and Waverly avenues.

A full listing of construction projects is updated and listed by building on the CPDC website. Please refer to this website periodically to see what is occurring across campus, and feel free to reach out to the assigned CPDC project manager with any questions you may have. For everyone’s safety, I encourage you to remain alert in work areas, watch for route changes and follow the pedestrian signs. Visit the CPDC Impact/Road Closure webpage for additional 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.


Pete Sala
Vice President and Chief Campus Facilities Officer