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ITC construction to kick off this summer at former NYSEG site

By : Karen Fennie

Work at the Innovative Technologies Complex’s research alpha building, located in the eastern edge of campus, will begin this summer. The project is one of many that will take place at Binghamton University during the summer months.
Work to transform the “research alpha” building at the Innovative Technologies Complex into quality space for Binghamton University research will kick into high gear during the coming weeks.

LeChase Construction Services has been hired by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) to oversee construction management of the project, one of many projects taking place at the University throughout the summer. Once renovated, the building will house the Department of Bioengineering, Center for Protein Dynamics, generic labs, incubator offices and the Division of Research.

“We’re delighted with DASNY’s selection of LeChase, which has performed admirably at Mountainview College,” said Larry Roma, associate vice president for Facilities Management. “We look forward to the ITC project being equally successful.”

In the next few weeks, LeChase will begin mobilizing for the start of construction; required asbestos removal has been completed.

Other major campus construction projects are entering their final stages. Work on Mountainview College’s Windham and Cascade halls is nearing completion with Windham at about 85 percent complete and Cascade at 75 percent.

Lighting work, installation of bathroom fixtures, doors, tile, carpeting and painting are some of the tasks ongoing at the residence halls. The Appalachian Collegiate Center is about 65 percent complete, while window installation will wrap up during the next couple of weeks.

Installation of metal panels throughout the exterior envelope of the building is continuing. Work also continues on laying wall and floor tiles in various areas, painting throughout the first floor, installation of kitchen equipment and work on the exterior concrete steps of the collegiate center. Landscaping will occur as weather permits; work includes plantings between Mountainview and the Nature Preserve to minimize the impact of the community on the Nature Preserve.

At the new Events Center, work on the curtain divider system is now complete, allowing for areas of the $33.1 million facility to be sectioned off for different activities. A rubber tile floor has been installed on the concourse level and a number of advertising signs have been hung.

Bids for the Bearcat Den have been received and a contract will be awarded during the coming weeks. Bids will be released soon for work related to the Bearcat boxes, along with the east concession stand and commissary. Athletic equipment is being ordered for the training areas. Shortly following Commencement on May 15-16, parking lots around the Events Center will be modified to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety.

Modest improvements have been made to the Memorial Courtyard. Bluestone walkways have been installed and some lighting will soon be constructed, thanks to a gift from the Class of 2004. Additional trees have been planted.

An electrical shutdown affecting several buildings is planned for 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 23. The shutdown will allow for a PCB transformer replacement project to form contractual work and for Physical Facilities to perform much-needed preventive maintenance on electrical equipment in the science buildings.

Without mandatory preventive maintenance work, the campus would run the risk of service failures resulting in unanticipated, potentially lengthy and costly service disruptions. Affected buildings include the commissary/warehouse, Hinman College, Lecture Hall and Student Wing, Library Tower, Science I, Science II, Science III, Science IV, Science Library, Physical Facilities and Visitors Paid Parking.

The Glenn G. Bartle Library’s Reserve Reading Room will reopen soon. Painting is almost finished and remediation of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) residue from the light fixture ballasts is complete.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08