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Construction crews strive to complete work before harsh winter weather

By : Karen Fennie

A new scoreboard is raised above the center court in the University’s new $33.1 million Events Center. The scoreboard, which was manufactured by Daktronics, weighs 14,000 pounds and stands 18 feet high. Basketball will begin in the Events Center on Sunda
Work continues on several Binghamton University construction projects throughout campus. Last week, a 14,000-pound scoreboard was assembled, installed and raised above center court in the $33.1 million Events Center.

The 18-foot-high scoreboard, which has tri-sided panels with programmable light emitting diode or LED light displays, was manufactured by Daktronics, a world leader in programmable scoreboards, signs and displays that has provided scoreboards for the Olympics, NFL stadiums, Boston’s Fenway Park and a number of universities and colleges.

Other building mechanical systems have been tested, and locker rooms and hallways on the event level are being carpeted. Workers are also focused on the installation of the roof and enclosure of the “rotunda” entry area near the ticket booth.

Also, campus-coordinated equipment installation and associated work for concessions is in process. The portable basketball floor will be delivered and assembled later this month.

Work is also progressing on the two unfinished residential halls and dining facility for the Mountainview College. Windham Hall is 44 percent completed, and construction on Cascade Hall is 35 percent finished. The Appalachian Collegiate Center/Dining Hall is nearly 30 percent constructed. The contractor hopes to enclose the buildings before harsh weather begins.

A bid has also been awarded for asbestos removal at the former NYSEG building, home of the Innovative Technologies Complex, located on a 21-acre site on Murray Hill Road. Removal is expected to begin in early January, and renovation of areas in the building not affected by asbestos should also begin early next year.

In an effort to prepare for a study of the campus’s utilities, consultants have begun installing small flags and paint markings throughout campus where they are examining the exact location, size, condition and capacity of underground utilities including electrical, high temperature hot water, domestic water, gas and signal. The consultants will recommend improvements that are needed for the current and future needs of the campus. Some utility improvements to high temperature hot water lines and electrical systems were made as a result of the last capital plan.

The consultant study will put the University in a position to develop projects to further improve the dependability of utility systems with future capital projects.

Work is nearly complete on phase one of the construction of additional parking spaces. An additional 130 spaces were constructed on unused tennis courts behind the East Gym while an additional 117 were developed near the Events Center. New lighting at both locations will also be installed soon.

Replacement of 160 campus clocks will also take place over the holiday break. Clocks will be replaced in an effort to have the correct time displayed in classrooms, lecture halls, teaching laboratories and library common areas. If there are any special requests for clocks in other areas, a service request should be submitted to the Physical Facilities Customer Service Center. A charge for the cost of the clock only will be required.

The existing Simplex clock system sets clocks via a signal that is sent through the University’s electrical system. However, the system has become problematic and outmoded with the proliferation of computers on campus. In recent years, clock times could not be reset without also interfering with computer functions since the clock correction signal is sent over the same wiring that powers computers. Clock times are now adjusted on a very limited basis, which is the reason why many of the campus’s clocks display incorrect time.

A number of options were studied to remedy the situation including GPS corrected clocks, electric stem set clocks, battery operated stem set clocks, battery operated atomic clocks and a combination of battery operated and atomic clocks. The most cost effective option will replace existing clocks with a combination of battery operated stem set and atomic clocks. Clock replacements will be focused on lecture halls and classrooms. Clocks in hallways that are subject to vandalism will be removed. The new clocks will not be affected by electrical outages.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08