Construction News

2016 Construction and Staging Map


Sanitary Sewer Repairs and Upgrades

A project will take place this summer to replace sections of sanitary sewer lines that are deteriorated. The project will affect various locations around campus with a large impact on the West Drive/Bunn Hill Access Road intersection and Physical Facilities compound. There will be sidewalk and road closures and lane restrictions as a result of this project. Fuel pumps located in the Physical Facilities compound will be shutdown during the project. The project coordinator is working with the contractor on the sequencing of the work which is expected to begin shortly after Commencement and be complete before students return for the fall semester.

Pedestrian Safety and Circulation Improvements/Traffic Circle Renovations

Projects this summer include a new crosswalk on West Drive in the area of Hughes Hall, and two speed tables will also be added in this area. Work at the traffic circle will take place adding landscaping and flag poles. The project will begin after Commencement and continue through the summer.

University Union/Engineering Building Pedestrian Circulation Improvements

Work to improve pedestrian circulation and safety in the area between the University Union and the Engineering Building will take place following Commencement. The area will be fenced during construction and University Union doors exiting to this area will be for emergency exit only during the work. The project will install new sidewalks and some landscaping. Following completion, access for the UU loading dock through this point will be restricted to large tractor trailers only. A gate will be installed to control access. All other vehicles will have access to the UU loading dock through the Library loading dock area.

Dickinson Storm Water Line Repairs

The campus is in the process of selecting a consultant to review the information that has been collected on the condition of the water line. The consultant will advise the campus on possible approaches to the work. It is likely the work will take place in phases and details will be shared once they become available.

Cayuga Hall Renovation

Renovations will take place in Cayuga Hall this summer. The project will involve asbestos abatement, renovation of 47 bathrooms including upgrades to exhaust, plumbing, electrical and power distribution systems. Lounge areas will receive new ceilings, flooring and lighting. Lights in bedrooms will be replaced, rooms and corridors will be painted and 240 new doors will be installed. Exterior masonry will be repaired. The building will be closed for a year with completion scheduled for July 2017.

MarketPlace Addition (University Union West)

An addition will be constructed to expand the Marketplace fireside lounge area and add an outdoor patio with seating. The project will affect the north side University Union and a portion of the Peace Quad. New landscaping in adjacent areas is included in the work which will enhance the north entrance area of the UU. The project is expected to begin after Commencement and wrap up in mid August.

MarketPlace Addition

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmacy SchoolJob trailers have moved on site and utilities have been installed to service the trailers.  Excavation has begun. Shop drawings are being submitted and reviewed and construction will get underway later this spring. 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. It will will house 36 new faculty and staff and 240 students.

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

Renovations to Corliss Avenue Property

Initial cleanup and securing of 48 Corliss Avenue, a building adjacent to the site of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is complete. Asbestos abatement and some wall demolition will take place soon. Design documents are being developed to restore the exterior of the building including masonry repairs and new windows. A new roof will also be installed. Design of interior space began in February and will take about a year to complete.

Plans call for the building to house the Decker School of Nursing along with other programs.

Future Decker School of Nursing


Smart Energy Research and Development Facility

Smart Energy Research and DevelopmentWork is moving forward on exterior finishes. The interior second floor is being painted. A 200,000 gallon water storage tank is in place and being back filled. The new drive is ready to be prepared for asphalt. 

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

Old Digman Renovations

Old DigmanPainting continues in portions of both wings. Sheetrock has been installed at basement and taping has begun. Windows have been delivered weekly and will continue to be installed in the coming weeks. New roof is complete with exception of the lower roof and canopy roof between buildings. Shower walls are being completed and ceramic tile work is underway in bathrooms. The electrical constractor is trimming out for power in bedrooms of both wings and lights and device plates are being installed in bedrooms and receptacles are being tested. Data is complete on all floors except the basement.

The project is focused on critical maintenance of building services and deteriorated building elements. New windows and restrooms are included in the project.

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.

Globalization Center/Old Champlain Conversion

The interior portion of project is going out for bids and quotes in mid May. Work is anticipated to begin at the end of June with interior modifications to be completed by the end of summer. The addition portion of the project is being modified based upon results of a value engineering meeting and expected to be bid by end of June with work starting in September.  Construction of the addition is due to be complete in  spring, 2017, weather permitting. 

Old Champlain will houses Harpur advising and will become the location of 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.

Central Heating Plant Upgrades

New fans have been mounted and exterior electrical room walls and floors have been completed. Workers are running conduit to the new electrical room. Work is beginning on the foundation for the new smoke stack. Structural steel modifications associated with the interior reconfiguration are ongoing. 

Two new electrical rooms, a new control room and interior office alterations are part of the project. The bucket elevator used to transport solid fuel will be replaced along with the chutes and hoppers. A new pollution control stack will be built. This is the second phase of upgrades to the plant with work scheduled to be complete in 2017.

Lecture Hall Student Wing Renovations

The construction portion of the project is largely complete and efforts are focused on the punch list for the basement and second floor. Fencing around the project site has been removed. Furniture deliveries will take place in the coming months.

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 in spring 2016.

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.

ITC Power Upgrade Project

A project to upgrade and connect the Innovative Technologies Complex to the main campus power feed is underway. The project affects a walkway from East Drive to the East Gym along with parking lots and roadways leading to the Campus Pre School and Institute for Child Development. Work will also affect the walkway leading to the bridge to ITC and Murray Hill Road. Site reconfiguration and improvements will be made in the area between the East Gym and Campus Pre School. Work will involve digging trenches, installing a duct bank, landscaping and paving. The project will provide power to the Smart Energy Research and Development facility now under construction at ITC. Work is scheduled to be complete in summer 2016.

Southern Tier High Technology Incubator

Concrete slab on deck have been poured for the first, second and third floors. Concrete street curbing has been poured along Lisle St. and sidewalks are being poured. Work to install light pole bases for the lower lot is underway.  Plumbing rough in is progressing on the first, second and third floor labs and bathrooms. Interior metal framing has begun on the first floor.

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 spring 2016. Additional information about the project and the groundbreaking ceremony is available here.

Southern Tier Incubator

Last Updated: 5/17/16