Construction activities summer 2019

An old shoebox factory undergoes renovation at the Health Sciences Campus in Johnson City. It will become the new home for an expanded Decker School of Nursing. Image Credit: Jonathan Cohen.
An old shoebox factory undergoes renovation at the Health Sciences Campus in Johnson City. It will become the new home for an expanded Decker School of Nursing.
An old shoebox factory undergoes renovation at the Health Sciences Campus in Johnson City. It will become the new home for an expanded Decker School of Nursing. Photography: Jonathan Cohen.

A number of summer projects launched following Commencement while work continues on several larger projects on the main campus and at the Health Sciences Campus in Johnson City.

University Union renovations

Work is underway to update the Campus Mail Services area in the University Union basement. This is part of a two-phase project that will also improve student activity/entertainment spaces. The Campus Mail Services area is being addressed first so that it is fully operational when students return in August. Work will begin later in the summer on student activities areas which will see updates to the bowling, billiards, ping pong, Late Night and other spaces. The facilities will be opened up with glass storefronts and renovations will also update flooring, lighting, restrooms as well as some mechanical equipment. The project is scheduled to wrap up in January 2020.

Summer paving

Several areas of campus will be paved this summer including a portion of West Drive and Bunn Hill Access Road. The intersection will be reconfigured and pedestrian safety features installed on Bunn Hill Access Road. There will be paving work and repairs at the CIW community and at the Campus Pre-School. Clearview Drive will be paved and parking lots M3 and M4 will also be paved.

Engineering Building renovation

The Engineering Building has begun to take on a new look. Contractors have installed new windows and are in the process of installing a new exterior skin for the building. Both of these

activities will improve energy efficiency. Inside, new offices, classrooms and restrooms are taking shape on the third floor. On the first and second floors, demolition is underway on the lecture hall, corridors and restrooms. Upgrades are being made to mechanical systems serving the building as well. Work will be complete in summer 2020.

Science 2 renovation

Most of the activity so far on the Science 2 project has consisted of demolition. Work is focused in the physics wing where new undergraduate laboratories, classrooms and restrooms will be

constructed. The building exterior will also take on an updated look with new windows and exterior metal paneling. The exterior work extends to the Science 2 tower where windows are being removed/replaced. Renovation of the tower’s interior is in design. The exterior work and physics wing renovations will conclude in late 2020.

ITC landscaping work

Outdoor patios with seating and new plantings have been added to the Engineering and Science Building at Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC). Work on the south entrance area is complete while construction is underway on the north side outside the rotunda. The design represents the rippling effect of work and research conducted at the ITC flowing out in the community at large. This work will be complete toward the end of the summer.

Implementation of a Low-mow Conversion Plan

As part of the University’s sustainability efforts, the campus this summer began implementing a low-mow conversion plan. Under the plan, certain areas will be mowed only once per year. The first phase this summer involves grassy spaces around the M lots and a steep embankment adjacent to the East Gym parking lot. Signage will be posted in these areas explaining the practice. This new low-maintenance regime will result in decreased fossil fuel consumption, increased biodiversity, increased drought tolerance and improved storm water filtration. The limited mowing will also free up labor hours each week that grounds crew members can use to focus on maintenance of other areas.

Upgrades to electrical services

A project that upgraded underground manholes, conduit, duct banks and high-voltage cables for the science complex is now complete.

Hinman projects

Construction documents are complete for the renovation of and addition to the Hinman Dining Hall as well as renovation of Cleveland Hall. Both projects will be bid this summer with work anticipated to begin in the fall. The dining hall project will add 26,000 square feet to the building. All interior spaces will be gutted and new interior space constructed. New electrical, plumbing and mechanical equipment will be installed. The addition will be three floors and will house a new lounge, restrooms, program and retail space. The project to renovate Cleveland Hall involves asbestos abatement and demolition and reconfiguration of all baths including six ADA accessible suite baths. Flooring will be removed and replaced. All windows and glass storefronts will be replaced with energy-efficient systems. New building insulation will also be installed along with a new roof. Elevators will be replaced. Rooms will be painted and new lighting installed. HVAC systems will be upgraded and will include air conditioning. Electrical and plumbing infrastructure will also be updated.

Other projects

There are several smaller repair and renovation projects underway on the main campus.

  • Repair of retaining wall at Fine Arts: The retaining wall facing the Peace Quad next to the grand stairs is being rebuilt this summer.
  • Fine Arts/Anderson Center corridor work: Ceilings and lighting will be replaced in the Fine Arts/Anderson Center Corridor ground floor where vending machines are located. The area will be painted as well.
  • Library lighting upgrades: Lighting upgrades are taking place in Library South and the Library addition second floor.
  • Site lighting upgrades: Site lighting is being upgraded along East Access Road.
  • Upgrades in residence halls: New flooring is being installed in the suites and great room of Windham Hall in Mountainview College. At CIW, Mohawk’s exterior will be refurbished. Boilers and hot water tanks will be replaced at Hempstead and Keuka in the Hillside Community. Doors, tubs and flooring will also be replaced in several Hillside buildings.

Health Sciences Campus

48 Corliss (Decker School of Nursing)

Major structural restoration work is underway. The foundation for the building addition has been completed. Interior utility infrastructure and partition construction is in progress. The renovation will create simulation laboratories, classrooms, offices, conference space, an information commons, food service and public space for the Decker School of Nursing. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2020.

Pharmacy basement

Work is complete on a project in the basement of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to create office, conference and support space for University Police, Environmental Health and Safety and Information Technology. The facilities will support the School of Pharmacy and other buildings at the Health Sciences campus.

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