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Binghamton University summer 2005 construction update

By : Karen Fennie

Recent repairs to a high temperature hot water line involved removing--and moving back--more than 1,300 tons of earth. The break affected hot water, heat and air conditioning across campus. Rich Williams from Physical Facilities works to replace some pipe
Continued construction on phase two of the Innovative Technologies Complex, along with work in the former bookstore area of the Library for the Watson School of Engineering, are just two of the projects that will advance through a busy summer 2005 construction season.

Archeological work continues at the site of the Education and Community Development Center in downtown Binghamton while architects and campus planning/steering committees work to finalize design concepts. Architects will soon begin developing schematic designs.

LeChase Construction Inc. will manage the project, which will encompass approximately 72,000 gross square feet. The building will house classrooms, conference space, offices and space for Binghamton’s Master of Public Administration and Continuing Education and Outreach programs as well as facilities for Broome Community College and Empire State College. The project completion is anticipated in late 2007.

Projects in support of the University’s research initiatives are also progressing. Construction is underway on phase two of the Innovative Technologies Complex, which involves creating space for Division of Research administrative offices, as well as additional laboratory space, clinical testing facilities and development of incubator space for companies that utilize the University’s research. Concepts are also being developed to revamp the building’s exterior.

Construction on laboratories, office and conference space for the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science is nearing completion in the former bookstore area of the Library. Painting is underway and the main work remaining involves installing mechanical equipment to support heating, cooling and ventilation needs.

Design work is progressing on the next part of the project, which involves moving the Engineering Building south computer pod to the Library.

Contracts should be awarded and work should begin later this summer on the first part of the renovation of the Library plaza deck, which involves removing asbestos from areas under the deck. This portion of the project will continue through the remainder of the year and work on the upper portion of the deck is planned for summer 2006 to remove the existing deck, install a waterproof membrane and drainage and reconstruct the plaza deck surface. New landscaping and other site enhancements in the area bordered by the University Union addition on the east and the Art Museum on the north will also be included.

A project to replace the remaining Reserve Reading Room lighting ballasts that contain PCBs is underway and will be complete by the end of August. A schedule for the remainder of the state buildings that have yet to be retrofitted is being developed. Those buildings include the Library addition/tower, Commissary, Engineering, Health Services, Science 3, Science 4 and the warehouse. All other state buildings were retrofitted with new lighting/ballasts several years ago.

Major classroom renovations are in progress in Fine Arts rooms 258 and 212. The work includes new ceilings, window treatments and technology upgrades. Lecture Halls 1 and 14 will be outfitted with improved technology.

Work to improve drainage and provide irrigation for the varsity baseball outfield began after Commencement. Grass and soil have been removed from the outfield for drainage and irrigation installations. The field will be re-graded and sod will be restored.

A number of general campus improvements to outdoor areas are planned this summer. Redundant pavement will be removed in a number of areas around campus. Additional grass and plantings will be added. Areas where pavement has deteriorated will be repaired. Landscaping work will be done around the two newest buildings at Hillside: Rockland and Saratoga. Low maintenance perennial plants and shade trees will be planted to improve the entrance areas of the buildings.

Updated campus maps will be placed in seven locations around campus to aid students and visitors in getting around campus.

Fresh paint, new carpeting, ceiling repair, new service counters and work to provide a more open serving area are included in a project to improve food preparation and delivery in Newing Dining Hall. New kitchen equipment will also be installed as part of the project, which will be completed in early fall.

Repair and replacement of masonry, capstones and building entrance concrete slabs will take place at various sites around campus. Repairs are largely complete on brick walls near Fine Arts and the East Gym. Crews are now working on entrance areas at the Engineering building. Other sites that are part of this project include Science 1, Bartle Library, Science Library, Rockefeller Center, Computer Center and Administration Building. 

At Hinman College, the roof on Cleveland Hall is being replaced. The remainder of roof work on Roosevelt and Lehman will also be completed in the summer. Other roof projects are being prepared for bidding. Buildings slated for roof projects include the West Gym, Engineering Building, Science 1, Rockefeller Center, Library Tower, Library roof G, East Gym and partial roof replacement for the Science Library.  Work could get underway on some roof projects in late summer and early fall.

Work crews are constructing storage space for residential life and custodial supplies in Cascade and Windham Halls at Mountainview. The project will provide improved and more efficient storage space for residential life and custodial crews. It will also provide some additional office space for residential life and improve code compliance of the affected areas.

Work to address drainage problems around Smith and Roosevelt Halls at Hinman is scheduled for this summer. Several residential halls in Hillside will get a fresh coat of paint, as wlll Nanticoke in the Susquehanna.

The East Gym pool will be cleaned and re-grouted.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08