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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 was 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.

Work is now taking place at the intersection of East Drive and East Access Road. The project involves the reconstruction of curbs, sidewalks and asphalt pavement to make a more pedestrian friendly intersection with more clearly defined and shorter crosswalks. The reconstruction will also result in an intersection that forces vehicles to slow down. This work will be complete in mid October.

Another pedestrian safety project was recently completed at the Science III loading dock area. Work involved 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. The project improved pedestrian safety by eliminating a vehicle/pedestrian conflict point.

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.

Berm at Peace Quad renderingAfter a campus-wide vote, the Peace Quad has been chosen as the new berm location. Work will begin this fall with additional work taking place next spring. The projects addressing the berm and traffic circle changes will be complete in time for Commencement.

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

Old Digman Renovations

WoOld Digmanrk to renovate Old Digman Hall is underway. The contractor has fenced the site.

Abatement and demolition is occurring and will continue through November. Minor and temporary construction noise may be heard at times in Old Rafuse and Old Whitney Hall. The entire project is due for completion in summer 2016.

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.

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.

Campus Recreation Synthetic Turf Field

Installation of a synthetic turf field on the east fields adjacent to Bartle Drive has been completed. The turf, surrounding sidewalks, lighting and restoration of areas around the field are complete.

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 now in 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 was completed this summer. Additional aspects of the project continue with work underway at Bingham Hall and C4.  Excavation has taken place at Bingham Hall for a foundation for a chimney. Pre- cast panels will be used to construct the chimney and that work will take place in the coming weeks.

Four new boilers will be installed in Bingham Hall and four have been put in place at the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center. A chimney will also be constructed at C4.

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 renovations

Basic renovation of all interior spaces along with a new e

levator has been completed.

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

Construction of a 2,000 square foot entry vestibule/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.

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 is now underway and 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 SchoolArchitects are finalizing working drawings for the new facility in preparation to go out to bid later this year.  The demolition contract will go out for bid October 20. Demo of three buildings on the site along with some utilities is expected to take about a month to complete.

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 IncubatorConstruction began in late September on the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator. Initial work will involve pouring the foundation followed by steel work.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.

Last Updated: 10/1/15