September Construction Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

This month was an especially exciting time for Syracuse University, with the campus celebration of the Barnes Center at The Arch. I hope students are enjoying this new complex of health and wellness, and that the entire campus community takes advantage of such a wonderful facility. Into the fall, we continue with many other projects that are helping shape the future of the University.

The following are the updates on the various projects around campus:

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, a digital wayfinding app, arrival signage to identify campus gateway entrances, interior building signage and donor recognition signage. Main Campus parking lot signs have been installed, and South Campus parking lot signs will be installed during the fall semester. Main Campus wayfinding and building identification signage installation is underway, with approximately 50 additional signs to be installed this fall.

Hall of Languages: Renovations were completed for the start of classes on Aug. 26 in the two auditorium spaces, rooms 107 and 207. Improvements to the third floor advising suite will be complete by the end of the month. These improvements include a new student entry, new finishes and furniture, and AV upgrades. Restoration of the iconic Hall of Languages clock commenced this summer. The clock was removed in late July to restore the clock face and replace the electronic controls. The clock is scheduled to be reinstalled in October.

Lyman Hall Room 132: Renovations to the auditorium space, room 132, were complete and ready for classes on Sept. 16. The renewed space is a 21st-century classroom that complements the architecture of this 1907 building. The improvements include new tiered seating, additional accessible seating options, AV upgrades and new lighting and flooring. Newly restored windows around the perimeter of the room and HVAC upgrades create a new comfortable classroom space for students.

Hinds Hall Renovations: The build-out of the newly expanded ICE Box space on the second floor is 80 percent complete. This project creates an additional 1,000 square feet of flexible program space for the iSchool. Renovations on the third floor to create new faculty offices and improvements to the first-floor student services suite are ongoing. All work is scheduled to be complete late in the fall semester.

Maxwell School Masonry: Masonry repairs on the west side of the building are 90 percent complete. The masonry repairs will continue into the fall. Scaffolding will be removed within the next two weeks. During the next three years an additional side of the building’s masonry will be repaired and restored each summer.

National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC): The building enclosure is complete as construction enters the final stages of finishing the interior spaces. Site restoration work around the perimeter of the building will begin in October. 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 the fall. You can monitor the progress at the NVRC website and live webcam.

Schine Student Center Renovation: Interior demolition of the renovation area is nearing completion. Upon completion of the renovations students will experience more open and naturally lit interior spaces. The removal of the existing pyramidal skylight on the roof began in mid-September and the removal of the brick façade on the west side of the building will begin later this fall. 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: The cupola restoration is complete and all three cupolas have been reinstalled on the roof. The contractor is finalizing work on the roof and will begin to remove the scaffolding on the west side of the building by mid-October. Restoration work included repair of the wood structure and replacement of the slate shingle roof and copper cladding. This work was the first full renovation and restoration of the original cupolas on this 1889 structure. To learn more about this building, visit the University Archives webpage on Crouse College.

Stadium Roof Project: The setup of multiple crane sites around the building is complete. The installation of steel cross-bracing and other preparatory work around the perimeter is also complete. Installation of the steel crown roof truss will begin in the fall and conclude in January, with the new roof work commencing in March. Pedestrians traveling from Sadler and Lawrinson halls should observe and follow pedestrian signage. For additional information regarding the pedestrian route, visit the site impact and closures webpage. Please also note that the Stadium is closed to walkers due to construction activities around the building.

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, heed construction flagger directions 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 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, or


Pete Sala
Vice President and Chief Campus Facilities Officer