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Campus building projects progressing on schedule
December 21, 2010Tweet
Campus construction projects such as the Engineering and Science Building and East Campus Housing are “on time and on budget,” Vice President for Administration James Van Voorst told the University Council at its Dec. 17 meeting.
Van Voorst, who provided the council with the 2010 Report on Buildings and Grounds, said the 125,000-square-foot facility at the Innovative Technologies Complex will give the Watson School of Engineering administrative, academic and research space. Watson is expected to move into the building in late March or early April.
“It’s been a very collaborative effort,” Van Voorst said. “We’ve worked closely with the people in the Watson School to be sure that the spaces are going to be able to meet their needs when they move in.”
Interim President C. Peter Magrath also touted the facility, calling it “unbelievable.”
“It will be incredible for the engineering and science programs,” he said. “This is not only state-of-the-art, it is technologically ahead of just about everything else.
“I am absolutely convinced that the building will be a recruiting plus in terms of continuing to attract top-draw faculty. It will help recruit the very best students. It will be a huge draw.”
The third ITC building, the Center for Excellence, will provide space for expansion and consolidation for the Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center (S3IP). Completion is expected in early 2013.
Construction continues to progress on the East Campus Housing Project: Delaware, Endicott and Broome halls and the Chenango/Champlain Collegiate Center. Those buildings are scheduled to open in August 2011.
“This is going to provide our students with a host of living alternatives such as suites and single rooms,” Van Voorst said. “We have paid particular attention to what students want to have.”
Science 5 is about 65 percent complete, Van Voorst said, and is also scheduled for completion in August 2011.
“This structure will not only provide additional academic and research space, but it also will change the impression as you come in on the west side of campus and go into and out of the Events Center,” he said.
Van Voorst also hailed the renovation of the Library Tower’s Jazzman’s Café, which recently re-opened with new lighting, flooring, kitchen equipment and additional seating.
“If you’ve been in that area, it felt like you were in a dungeon,” VanVoorst told the council members. “This project has completely renovated the area as you come into the tower and has made it much more welcoming. … It’s become a gathering place for students.”