INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Summer construction focuses on research
By : Karen Fennie
Summer construction and maintenance projects are in full swing throughout the campus with major work on tap for research.
Transformation of the research alpha building at the Innovative Technologies Complex into a facility for bioengineering and other initiatives is at the top of the schedule — just one summer project aimed at advancing Binghamton University’s research agenda. In addition to the ITC, several construction efforts during the next few months will focus on science and engineering needs.
Work is ongoing in Science 3 to provide workstations for bioengineering researchers until their ITC work area is completed. Plans are underway to create DNA and general laboratory facilities while work has begun to relocate Bio-Life within the building. Other projects include the improvement of the cage preparation area, laundry and upgrades to HVAC and electrical systems in Science 3’s animal care cage wash area.
Clearview’s transformation into clinical research space for six psychology researchers is now complete. The facility now includes office space and meeting rooms and will house the Psychological Clinic. An upgrade is also planned for the Chemistry Department’s cold room in Science 2 and work will be completed in the Engineering Building to renovate the student services’ space beginning in the H pod area to provide new student workstations.
Design work is also continuing on plans to transform the former bookstore in the Library Tower into office, conference and laboratory facilities for the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. Other projects include:
- Parking Lot G will be offline in June to allow for an upgrade and safety improvements. As part of the project, the road in front of the West Gym will be widened slightly to accommodate wider turning radiuses. Work is expected to be substantially complete in time for the Empire State Games beginning July 28.
- Sections of the University’s natural gas pipeline will be replaced. Work will affect West Drive and the pedestrian path that runs from West Drive and between Science 3/4, the Science Library and Anderson Center. A section of pipe will also be replaced near the University Union. The bid process has begun; a schedule will be announced.
- A 130-space parking lot will be created behind the West Gym and minor improvements will be made to the entryway to lots F and H.
- Bus stops including shelters and lighting will be added at the East Gym and Mohawk Hall.
- A project to remove PCB-containing ballasts and improve lighting energy efficiency in the Glenn G. Bartle Library is underway and will continue through the summer. Ceilings will be replaced in areas where lights are being upgraded. To minimize disruption, work will take place from 3-11:30 p.m.
- The Telecommunications offices have been relocated to the second floor of the University Union.
- Cleveland and Smith halls will have suites renovated to accommodate students with disabilities.
- The roof of Smith Hall will be replaced.
- Ground water infiltration in the Dickinson and Hillside communities will be corrected and a bathroom in Cayuga Hall will be renovated.
- Several Hillside residence halls will be painted and some bathtubs will be replaced.
- Choconut Hall will be painted.
- The West Gym pool has been cleaned and regrouted. Bleachers have been refinished and the walls of the pool area have been painted.
- Capital construction at Mountainview will continue through the summer with completion by the fall semester.
- Projects at the Events Center involving the Bearcat Den, Bearcat boxes, commissary, east concession stand, training rooms and additional portable bleacher seating are advancing.
For more information on projects, email Karen Fennie or visit the web .