Construction News

2015 Summer Projects Map


Sidewalk Safety Projects Underway

As part of a pedestrian safety improvement project, sidewalks along West Drive from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and wrapping up along parking lot L have been removed  The area received topsoil and has been seeded.  The removal is one phase of a project that will also add new sidewalks to accommodate pedestrian traffic to parking lots, planting berms to direct pedestrian traffic to crosswalks as the safest places to cross the road, and add new speed tables at the crosswalks to slow traffic down. The image below shows the areas where work has taken place.

Beginning August 31, another pedestrian safety project will begin focused on the Science III loading dock area. Work will involve removing the existing asphalt drive that leads to the loading dock, installing new sidewalks and curbs on West Drive as well as plantings to screen the dock. When the project is complete, the Science III loading dock will share an access drive with the Science V loading dock. The project will improve pedestrian safety by eliminating a vehicle/pedestrian conflict point. The project will take about a month to complete. During the work, deliveries to Science III will be via the Science V loading dock.

Work will also begin soon at the intersection of East Access Road and the main campus drive. More schedule information will be shared once it's available.

Pedestrian Safety project areas

Berm and Traffic Circle Changes

The berm at the center of the traffic circle (the raised area with the class year in flowers), is being relocated. The class year in flowers and raised area has been removed and the area was sodded. Plantings and flag poles will be added in the future.

Signs will be going up around campus indicating potential new berm locations and requesting input.

For more information about how these projects developed, please read the details in Inside.

Below is a concept of changes that will take place at the traffic circle.

Entrance Circle renovations

Campus Recreation Synthetic Turf Field

Work continues on installation of a synthetic turf field on the east fields adjacent to Bartle Drive. The turf, surrounding sidewalks, lighting and restoration of areas around the field are complete. Work continues on a storage building for field equipment and fencing will be installed as well. The field will be ready for use when students return while the contractor will continue working on unfinished items in September.

Synthetic Turf Field construction

 The project allows for a more extended use of the area for intramural and club sports.

Lecture Hall Student Wing Renovations

Lecture Hall Student Wing renovationWork is complete on renovation of the third floor of the Lecture Hall Student Wing. Classrooms on this floor are available for use for the fall semester.

On the second floor sheet rock work is about 50% complete. Framing and electrical rough-in work is progressing on the first floor. Work in installing new windows is nearly complete.

The project is taking place mostly in the Student Wing portion of the facility, though construction impacts may be apparent at times throughout the Lecture Hall/Student Wing complex.


General Project Information

  • There is fencing around the Student Wing and staging areas for materials adjacent to the Student Wing.
  • While the loading dock remains open, it will be available only for morning and scheduled deliveries.
  • Accessible access to the lower level of the Lecture Hall will be via the freight elevator only.
  • The contractor has constructed a temporary stairway from the Lecture Hall parking lot to the second floor for access to the second floor so that workers will not be going through campus occupied space.

Twenty new classrooms will be created on the first and second floors, along with break out rooms for small group work. Lounge and seating areas will also be created.
Windows throughout the facility will be replaced; staircases will be renovated; and building electrical, fire alarm and heating and ventilation systems will be updated.
Restrooms will be renovated as well.

Renovation of the basement, first and second floors will be complete for the spring 2016 semester.

Certain aspects of the project will create noise that may be heard beyond the construction area. The campus will work closely with the contractor to minimize the impact of construction activities as much as possible.

East Campus Housing Gas Line and Boiler Installations

Installation of a gas line to feed the East Campus Housing will continue with work near Bingham Hall and C4.  Excavation will be taking place at Bingham Hall. Fencing has been erected around the work area and some sidewalks adjacent to the building are closed. The excavation is taking place to establish a foundation for a chimney that will be added to Bingham to accommodate additional boilers that will be installed later this year.

The other aspect of this project involves installing eight boilers; four in Bingham Hall and four in the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center. Chimneys will be constructed at both buildings. Boilers will arrive at C4 on August 25.

The project will allow for a more efficient use of the heating system and take some of the load off the Central Heating Plant.

Old O'Connor/Old Johnson renovation

Old O'Connor Johnson RenovationOld O'Connor Johnson renovations are complete. This project involved the total renovation of two of the oldest residential halls and construction of a link/connector. More than 78,500 square feet of space was involved. The scope of work included:

  • Asbestos removal and complete demolition of all interior partitions and building systems
  • New interior (fully insulated) walls, ceilings, floors, equipment, furnishings and doors
  • Complete removal and renovation of existing restrooms
  • New mechanical, electrical, lighting, communication and IT infrastructure and emergency generator
  • Site work and landscaping
  • Construction of a three-story link between the buildings adding about 7,500 square feet

Division of Advancement offices, including alumni functions are now located on Old O'Connor. Office space was created in Old Johnson for Information Technology Services and geography. Four major classroom spaces were also constructed as a part of this project.

Old Champlain Conversion

Old Champlain renovationsBasic renovation of all interior spaces along with a new elevator has been completed.

Design work for an addition and other minor building modifications is underway.

Construction of a 2,000 square foot entry verstibule/multi-purpose room is scheduled to begin in February 2016. Old Champlain will house Harpur advising, a Globalization Center and a Korean Center. Currently departments serving international students are scattered in various locations throughout campus. This project will help consolidate those departments under one roof.

Old Digman Renovations

Old DigmanRenovations to Old Digman will begin in fall 2015. The project will return the building to use for student housing. The work will focus on critical maintenance of building services and deteriorated building elements. New windows and restrooms are included in the project. Asbestos abatement will take place soon.

The building is being returned to residential use so that the campus can begin a phased capital plan to renovate older residential halls in CIW and Hinman. More information can be found here.

Engineering Building A-Pod Renovation

Renovation of a laboratory in the A-pod (space A-8) of the Engineering Building will take place beginning in May. Demolition will take place involving the removal of the existing ceiling and floor finish and all internal wall partitions.The renovation phase of the space will include the installation of a new flooring and ceilings, refreshed the wall finishes (painting), new A/V presentation system, new telecommunications infrastructure, new student instructional casework, new l

aboratory equipment, and fixed cabinetry. Many existing elements will be re-purposed within the space including: lighting fixtures, life safety alarms & devices, electrical devices and HVAC infrastructure. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of August.

Generator Replacements

New emergency generators will be installed for Science I, Science II and the West Gym. Schedule information will be shared once it becomes available from the contractor..

Smart Energy Research and Development Facility

Smart Energy Research and Development FacilityPhase 1 work which involved erecting the steel, metal decking and constructing the foundation and pouring concrete floors is complete. Phase 2 of the project  entails construction of the shell and fit out, or overall completion of the facility. The project remains on schedule with occupancy expected in summer 2017.

The $70 million, 114,000 gross square-foot building will house the departments of chemistry and physics, including 56,000 net square-feet for research, 125 fume hoods and 45 faculty offices. The facility will provide room for faculty and industry scientists and engineers to work side by side to create new energy technologies and maintain and expand the regional workforce. Features include micro turbines on mechanical systems, a fuel cell to produce electricity at a reduced cost to heat and cool the building, photovoltaic panels on the roof to produce electricity, hydronic radiant heating in the floor, controlled LED lighting, individual space monitoring of chemicals to reduce air flows and energy use, and water-cooled equipment ​ ​wherever possible to conserve​​ energy. Construction will be complete in summer 2017.

Smart Energy Research and Development Facility

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmacy School

Final design work, review and approvals are proceeding.  Contracts for demolition work on the property are being finalized and will be bid in the coming weeks with demo taking place this fall.

Groundbreaking for the Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is expected to take place in spring 2016. The facility will be located on a 5.4 acre site in Johnson City near the UHS Wilson Medical Center. The 84,000 square-foot, four-story building will include state-of-the-art research labs, offices for faculty and staff, a lecture hall, classrooms and teaching labs. SLAM Collaborative is designing the $60 million facility which will house 36 new faculty and staff and 240 students.

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is expected to open in fall 2018.

Pharmacy School

In summer 2015, the Operations group carried out a number of projects in residential communities including:

  • Hillside roof replacements in buildings Adirondack-Palidades
  • Hillside counter top and tub replacements in buildings Adirondack-Palisades
  • Painting and refurbishing in Rockland and Saratoga (Hillside) and Cleveland, Hughes and Lehman (Hinman)
  • Removal of electric heaters in CIW restrooms
  • Removal of ironing stations from Hinman lounges
  • Flooring replacements in Hughes corridors, Mountainview lounges and Marcy suites
  • Susquehanna Community- patch and paint exterior stucco surfaces
  • Marcy and Hunter (Mountainview)- fire alarm re-wiring

Other Campus projects that took place summer 2015:

  • Site lighting- light poles were replaced at lot Q, the Institute for Child Development, the Campus Pre School and the south pathway of the Engineering Building
  • Anderson Center facade painting and repair (upper half of facade)
  • Events Center- protective bird netting on the West side of the Events Center
  • UU roof repair
  • Physical Facilities compound-- a project will replace the pumps and distribution piping in the gasoline/diesel fueling area. Details of the project impact will be shared once a contract is in place.

Southern Tier High Technology Incubator

Southern Tier High Technology IncubatorDesign is complete and a contract for construction is in place for the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator. The $19 million project will result in a 35,000 square-foot facility that will provide suites for high-technology companies along with laboratories and shared high-bay space for research in health sciences, energy-efficient technologies, and systems integration and packaging. The building will be constructed to a minimum LEED Silver certification level and was designed by Ashley McGraw Architects. Work is expected to be complete in fall 2016. Additional information about the project and the groundbreaking ceremony is available here.

Last Updated: 8/21/15