Smart Energy Research and Development Facility
Construction is underway on the $70 million, 114,000 gross square-foot Smart Energy Research and Development Facility. It 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.
Old O'Connor/Johnson Renovation
Renovations at Old O'Connor Johnson are going well. Windows will be installed soon in the new connecting link. Final finishes, door hanging and painting is underway in Old Johnson. New sidewalks will be poured in this area this fall. Furniture deliveries will begin in November. In Old O'Connor wall framing continues along with utility work.
The buildings are being renovated and office space created in Old Johnson for Information Technology and Geography . Old O'Connor will house Advancement functions such as the Foundation and Alumni Affairs. An alumni lounge will also be created in this building. The University Counseling Center will reside in Old O'Connor. The new connector between Old Johnson and Old O'Connor will provide a common entry for both buildings. Work on Old Johnson and the connector is due for completion in late 2014. Old O'Connor work is estimated to wrap up in spring, 2015.
Old Champlain Conversion
Asbestos abatement is complete in Old Champlain where renovations will create two classrooms. Former residential rooms will be developed for campus offices/business use.
NAR Collegiate Center Mechanical Systems Renovation
This project began construction in August and asbestos abatement and demolition are underway. It involves a complete renovation of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center mechanical/HVAC systems. Additional work includes new ceilings, flooring, lighting and painting. A new classroom will be added and three exiting classrooms will be updated. Work is expected to be complete in March, 2015.
Science 2 Laboratory Renovations
Renovation of Laboratories on the second floor of the chemistry wing of Science 2 continues. A total of four labs are being renovated though only two at a time will be taken off line. Work involves asbestos abatement and demolition of existing facilities. New flooring, heating, ventilation, ceilings, power distribution, data, fume hoods and window repair and restoration is included in the scope of work. Completion is March, 2015.
Library and Lecture Hall/Student Wing Renovations
Work is underway to renovate basement and second floor areas in the Library and basement and miscellaneous areas in the Lecture Hall/Student Wing. In all, more than 23,000 square feet of space is affected. The project will create general and specialized classrooms, an administrative office suite, conference rooms, film/video labs and equipment storage space. This is needed in advance of dislocations that will take place due to a larger project, scheduled to begin in January, 2015, to renovate much of the Student Wing.
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 70,000 square foot building will include state-of-the-art research labs, offices for faculty and staff, a lecture hall and classrooms and teaching labs. JMZ Architects and Planners, P.C. is designing the $60 million facility. The Pharmacy School is expected to open in fall 2017. More information about the Pharmacy School site selection and program can be found here.
Southern Tier High Technology Incubator
The $19 million Southern Tier High Technology Incubator will be 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 is 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.