Construction News


School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmacy SchoolJob trailers have moved on site.  Fahs Construction Group is the general contractor. Shop drawings are being submitted and reviewed and work will get underway later this spring. 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. It will will house 36 new faculty and staff and 240 students.

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is expected to open in fall 2018.

Renovations to Corliss Avenue Property

Initial cleanup and securing of 48 Corliss Avenue, a building adjacent to the site of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is complete. Asbestos abatement and some wall demolition will take place beginning around May. Design documents are being developed to restore the exterior of the building including masonry repairs and new windows. A new roof will also be installed. Design of interior space began in February and will take about a year to complete.

Plans call for the building to house the Decker School of Nursing along with other programs.

Future Decker School of Nursing

MarketPlace Addition (University Union West)

An addition will be constructed expanding the Marketplace fireside lounge area and outdoor patio with seating will also be built this summer affecting the north side University Union and a portion of the Peace Quad. New landscaping in adjacent areas is also a part of the project which will enhance the north entrance area of the UU. The project is expected to begin after Commencement and wrap up in mid August.

 MarketPlace Addition

Smart Energy Research and Development Facility

Smart Energy Research and DevelopmentWork is moving forward on exterior finishes. The interior second floor is being painted. A 200,000 gallon water storage tank is in place and being back filled. The new drive is ready to be prepared for asphalt. 

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

Old Digman Renovations

Old DigmanThe window abatement is nearly complete and window deliveries and installation continues. New roof insulation is in place and a new membrane has been installed. Painting is underway in both wings. Shower walls are being completed and ceramic tile work is underway in bathrooms. The electrical contractor is cleaning up site work from excavations and completing fire alarm systems on the first floor. The mechanical contractor is installing fin tube radiation and testing piping.

The project 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.

Globalization Center/Old Champlain Conversion

The interior portion of project is going out for bids and quotes in mid May. Work is anticipated to begin at the end of June with interior modifications to be completed by the end of summer. The addition portion of the project is being modified based upon results of a value engineering meeting and expected to be bid by end of June with work starting in September.  Construction of the addition is due to be complete in  spring, 2017, weather permitting. 

Old Champlain will houses Harpur advising and will become the location of 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.

Central Heating Plant Upgrades

With demolition complete, construction has begun on the mezzanine for the new electrical room.  Work is also progressing behind the plant and the contractor will begin pouring the concrete pad for the new equipment. Work also continues inside the heating plant with a make up water pump reinstalled to meet needs after the high temp shutdown. Two new electrical rooms, a new control room and interior office alterations are part of the project. The bucket elevator used to transport solid fuel will be replaced along with the chutes andhoppers. A new pollution control stack will be built. This is the second phase of upgrades to the plant with work scheduled to be complete in 2017.

Sanitary Sewer Line Repairs

A project will take place this summer to replace sections of sanitary sewer lines that are deteriorated. The project will affect various locations around campus with a large impact on the West Drive/Bunn Hill Access Road intersection and Physical Facilities compound. There will be sidewalk and road closures/detours and lane restrictions as a result of this project. Most work is scheduled to take place in July.

Lecture Hall Student Wing Renovations

Work on the second floor of the Lecture Hall Student Wing is complete. Finishing work is progressing on the first floor, connector and basement levels and all the furniture has been ordered.

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 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.

ITC Power Upgrade Project

A project to upgrade and connect the Innovative Technologies Complex to the main campus power feed is underway. The project affects a walkway from East Drive to the East Gym along with parking lots and roadways leading to the Campus Pre School and Institute for Child Development. Work will also affect the walkway leading to the bridge to ITC and Murray Hill Road. Site reconfiguration and improvements will be made in the area between the East Gym and Campus Pre School. Work will involve digging trenches, installing a duct bank, landscaping and paving. The project will provide power to the Smart Energy Research and Development facility now under construction at ITC. Work is scheduled to be complete in summer 2016.

Sidewalk Safety Projects

Projects this summer include a new crosswalk on West Drive in the area of Hughes Hall, and two speed tables will also be added in this area. Work at the traffic circle will also take place adding landscaping and flag poles.

The image below shows the areas that are the focus of the projects.

Pedestrian Safety project areas

Southern Tier High Technology Incubator

The remainder of the first and second floor slabs have been poured.  Fireproofing has started on the first floor.  Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins are complete and duct work and conduit are up on all three floors.  The decking is installed in the penthouse.  Masons will finished up the concrete block work on the penthouse when the slab is poured.  Generators have been installed and piped. The structural masonry is complete up to the penthouse.

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.

Southern Tier Incubator

Last Updated: 5/3/16