Construction News

2015 Summer Projects Map


Campus Recreation Synthetic Turf Field

Work will begin May 20 on installation of a synthetic turf field on the east fields adjacent to Bartle Drive. The project includes construction of a multi-use synthetic turf field, perimeter security fencing, lighting and an equipment storage building. Benches and trash receptacles are included. The project will allow for a more extended use of the area for intramural and club sports. Work will be complete at the end of August.

Sanitary Line Installation- Bunn Hill Access Road/McGuire Building

Work to install a sanitary line from the McGuire Building across Bunn Hill Access Road to Central Heating Plant parking lot will begin Monday, June 1. During the work, water service will not be available for the McGuire Building. McGuire occupants should use restroom facilities in Physical Facilities during this time. Traffic will be reduced to one lane each direction on Bunn Hill Access Road. Traffic changes may take place during trenching operations and drivers should follow lane closure signs and direction from flag persons. The work is expected to take seven to ten days, weather permitting.

East Campus Housing Sidewalk Repairs

Repairs to sidewalks at East Campus Housing will take place beginning May 26. The repairs will take about a week to complete and are part of warranty work. Sidewalks affected are located along East Drive and adjacent to Rafuse and Digman.

East Campus Housing Gas Line and Boiler Installations

A project to install a gas line and boilers for East Campus Housing will begin this summer. The gas line work will take place from Science IV and proceed up Center Drive. This work will will affect traffic along West Drive and Center Drive reducing lanes to one in each direction. The work is anticipated to take about a month to complete. 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 with significant excavation occurring at Bingham. More specific scheduling information about this project will be shared once it is available. The project will allow for a more efficient use of the heating system and take some of the load off the Central Heating Plant.

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 laboratory 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.

The Operations group will be carrying 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:

  • Site lighting- light poles will be 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 will be installed 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.

Nature Preserve Pavilion

Work to construct a nature pavilion overlooking the Nature Preserve is nearly complete. The pavilion is located adjacent to the bench currently overlooking the Preserve and across from parking lot M0. The 20 by 12 foot covered deck has room for two picnic tables.

Nature Preserve pavilion

Lecture Hall/Student Wing renovations

Work on the Lecture Hall/Student Wing renovations continues to move forward. Ceiling grids are going up on the third floor and renovations to restrooms are progressing. New windows are being replaced on the south side of the building. Demo and abatement is underway on the second floor. Duct work has begun in the basement areas. Framing and mechanical and electrical rough ins are now in progress in the connector link and basement.

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.

Lecture Hall Student Wing renovation

  • There is fencing around the Student Wing and staging areas for materials adjacent to the Student Wing. See Current Staging Map
  • While the loading dock will remain 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 will construct 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.

The Student Wing will be offline from January 2015 to August 2015. Over the past few months, projects created additional classroom space on campus to accommodate this renovation. The third floor Student Wing classrooms will become available for use in August 2015, with the balance of the project scheduled for completion 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.

Lecture Hall Student Wing

Smart Energy Research and Development Facility

Smart Energy Research and Development FacilityMost of the steel work has been completed on the Smart Energy Research and Development Facility. A crane that has been on site to erect the ornamental columns and trusses for the atrium is being removed. Work to pour floor slabs had begun. Back-filling work will resume once weather allows. Bid documents are complete for the next phase of the project which involves constructing the shell and fit out. That work is expected to begin later this spring.

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 SchoolThe programming and concept design of the Pharmacy School is complete. Architects are about half way through the schematic design process. Later this year, buildings currently on the site will be demolished and design will be finalized.

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

Old O'Connor/Old Johnson renovation

Old O'Connor Johnson RenovationWork on the Old Johnson portion of this project was completed late 2014. Final finishing work is progressing on Old O'Connor. This work includes carpeting, some sheet rocking, ceiling installation and painting. Furniture deliveries will occur in May. Division of Advancement offices, including alumni functions, will re-locate to this facility along with the University Counseling Center over the summer. Outdoor site site work will occur once weather is more favorable.

 Office space was created in Old JohnsoOld O'Connor Johnson Renovation-classroomn for Information Technology Services and geography. Four major classroom spaces were

also created as a part of this project.

The new connector between Old Johnson and Old O'Connor will provide a common entry for both buildings.

Old Champlain conversion

Current work is focused on interior spaces including but not limited to partitions, ceilings, flooring, painting, mechanical and electrical work. Major systems such as mechanical, electrical, and sprinkler have been updated and are currently in place. Exterior work involving roof replacement and landscaping are awaiting more favorable weather conditions to begin advancing.

Library Renovations

Work is nearing completion on renovations to the 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 was renovated. The project is creating general and specialized classrooms, an administrative office suite, conference rooms, film/video labs and equipment storage space. This was needed in advance of dislocations that will take place due to a larger project, beginning in early 2015, to renovate much of the Student Wing.

NAR Collegiate Center Mechanical Systems renovation

Work is complete on the NAR renovations. The project involved a complete renovation of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center mechanical/HVAC systems. Additional work included new ceilings, flooring, lighting and painting. A new classroom was added and three exiting classrooms were updated. New landscaping was also part of the project.

Science 2 laboratory renovations

Renovation of laboratories on the second floor of the chemistry wing of Science 2 are complete. A total of four labs were renovated.  New flooring, heating, ventilation, ceilings, power distribution, data, fume hoods and window repair and restoration was included in the scope of work.

Southern Tier High Technology Incubator

Southern Tier High Technology IncubatorThe $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.

Last Updated: 5/20/15