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Several campus building projects planned
December 22, 2014Tweet
Renovations to Old O’Connor Hall, Old Johnson Hall, Cayuga Hall and Science 4 are among the projects designed to improve the Binghamton University campus.
JoAnn Navarro, vice president for operations, and Larry Roma, associate vice president for facilities management, discussed the Division of Operations and the planned projects during a presentation to the University Council on Dec. 19.
The $18.3 million Old O’Connor/Old Johnson project will provide new flooring, ceilings, walls, restrooms and furnishings, along with a connector between the two buildings. Old O’Connor will serve as the new home for the Division of Advancement, the Binghamton University Foundation and the University Counseling Center. The majority of Information Technology Services will move into Old Johnson in early January. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2015.
“These projects are going to allow us to continue the domino effect of (working on) buildings that need renovating,” Roma said.
For example, the Computer Center – the current ITS home – will be gutted and turned into a Global Center that incorporates the offices of international programs, international student and scholar services, Languages Across the Curriculum, the dual diploma program with Turkey, global studies, English as a second language and the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera.
The $7 million project, which recently received $800,000 from the Regional Economic Development Council Awards, is scheduled for completion in fall 2017.
“It’s a great building that is centrally located,” Roma said of the future Global Center. “It’s a unique structure.”
A third building in the old Dickinson Community area, Old Champlain Hall, will be renovated to house Harpur Academic Advising and a Korean Student Center. The rest of the building will be used as temporary offices, Roma said.
“We are going to try to preserve as much of that space as possible as flexible space,” he said. “This will allow us to move people from occupied space elsewhere on campus so we can facilitate the renovations of other areas on campus.”
The $6 million project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.
The east side of Science 4 will also be renovated in a $14 million project that will feature a new roof, windows, elevator and restrooms. The project sets the stage for other long-term renovations to the rest of the science buildings.
“These buildings were built in 1974,” Roma said. “They are unforgiving buildings that are difficult to renovate and adapt to other uses, but we are up to the challenge. This will be a great first step in that direction.”
Cayuga Hall, located in College-in-the-Woods, will see many upgrades by August 2016, including new plumbing and exhaust system. The $4 million project will also feature corridors with new lighting, flooring and bedroom doors.
Other campus construction projects include:
• Smart Energy Research and Development Facility: The $70 million project , which will house the chemistry and physics departments, is slated to open in August 2017.
• Pharmacy School: Site preparation and design completion for the $60 million facility in Johnson Center is scheduled to be finished by January 2016, with fall 2018 targeted for its opening.
• Lecture Hall/Student Wing: Seventeen state-of-the-art classrooms and three seminar rooms are part of a $14 million project scheduled for completion in September 2016.
• Central Heating Plant: The second phase of the $14 million project will update the University’s fuel handling system and add a control room to monitor all plant operations. The project, scheduled for completion by the end of 2016, will allow the University to discontinue the burning of coal.
• Nelson A. Rockefeller Center: The $4 million project will add a new classroom, while renovating three others. The building will have new ceilings, floors, lights and paints by August 2015.