Smart Energy Research and Development Facility
Construction is underway on the $70 million, 114,000 gross square-foot Smart Energy Research and Development Facility. It 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 conserveenergy. Construction will be complete in summer, 2017.
Old O'Connor/Johnson Renovation
Renovations at Old O'Connor Johnson are going well. Work is underway on a new connecting link. Ceiling grid is being installed with the first coats of paint appearing in Old Johnson. Tile in the rest rooms is also underway. The elevator is also being installed.Old O'Connor is slightly ahead of schedule with wall framing and rough electrical and plumbing going in. Work on the connecting link is progress.
The buildings are being gutted and office space created in Old Johnson for Information Technology and Geography . Old O'Connor will house Advancement functions such as the Foundation and Alumni Affairs. An alumni lounge will also be created in this building. The University Counseling Center will also reside in Old O'Connor.The new connector between Old Johnson and Old O'Connor that will provide a common entry for both buildings. Work on Old Johnson and the connector is taking place first and due for completion in late 2014. Old O'Connor work is estimated to wrap up in 2015.
Old Champlain Conversion
Asbestos abatement is complete in Old Champlain where renovations will create two classrooms. Former residential rooms will be developed for campus offices/business use.
NAR Collegiate Center Mechanical Systems Renovation
This project began construction in August and asbestos abatement and demolition are underway. It involves a complete renovation of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center mechanical/HVAC systems. Additional work includes new ceilings, flooring, lighting and painting. A new classroom will be added and three exiting classrooms will be updated. Work is expected to be complete in March, 2015.
Science II Laboratory Renovations
Renovation of Laboratories on the second floor of the chemistry wing of Science II continues. A total of four labs are being renovated though only two at a time will be taken off line. Work involves asbestos abatement and demolition of existing facilities. New flooring, heating, ventilation, ceilings, power distribution, data, fume hoods and window repair and restoration is included in the scope of work. Completion is March, 2015.