President's Report Masthead
December 31, 2015

Construction update

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

The contract was recently bid and awarded for demolition at the site of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Demo is expected to begin in January and will be complete in about 60 days. The contract for construction will go out to bid in February with work beginning in 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.

Renovations to Corliss Avenue property in Johnson City

Initial cleanup and securing of 48 Corliss Avenue, a building adjacent to the site of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will take place early 2016 to ready the property for renovation. Programming for the space is underway along with some early conceptual design.

Smart Energy Research and Development Facility

Work continues on phase two of the Smart Energy Research and Development Facility. The contractor is progressing a wide variety of interior work. Electrical and mechanical work is underway and wall partitions are being built. Closer to spring, metal panels that will make up much of the building exterior will be installed, along with windows. Once complete in summer 2017, the facility will house the departments of chemistry and physics.

Old Digman renovation

Old Digman is being renovated and returned to residential use so that the campus can begin a phased capital plan to renovate older residential halls. Asbestos abatement is complete and renovation is now underway. Work includes some selected demolition of corridor walls and restrooms. Layout and framing for new walls will be underway in the coming weeks. Some site work has also taken place so the contractor can access different parts of the building. The Old Digman renovations will be complete for the fall 2016 semester.

Globalization Center/Old Champlain conversion

Construction of a 2,000 square foot entry vestibule/multi-purpose room is scheduled to begin in March 2016 and be complete in October 2016. Renovations to most of Old Champlain were completed in summer 2015. Furniture deliveries are taking place and Harpur advising will be moving into some spaces in January.

Departments serving international students are currently scattered in various locations throughout campus. The Globalization Center will help consolidate those departments under one roof.

Lecture Hall Student Wing renovations

In recent months new mechanical equipment has been installed in the penthouse of the Lecture Hall Student Wing. Work on the basement, first and second floors continues with preparations for painting and finishes. The project will be complete in spring 2016.

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.

Central Heating Plant upgrades

Work will begin in February on a variety of upgrades to the Central Heating Plant. New pollution-control equipment will be installed. 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 and hoppers. A new pollution control stack will be built. This is the second phase of ugrades to the plant with work scheduled to be complete in spring 2017.

East Campus Housing boiler installations

Work has been completed on the East Campus Housing boiler installation project to install new boilers in Bingham Hall and C4 as well as construct chimneys at both buildings. A new gas line
was also installed in summer 2015. The project will allow for a more efficient use of the heating system and take some of the load off the Central Heating Plant.

Berm and traffic circle changes

Work is complete in the Peace Quad on the first phase of the berm re-location. The project is creating a new home for the “Binghamton” sign with the calendar year which is updated annually. “Hard-scape” elements of the project have been put in place. The work included construction of an elevated planting bed that holds the “Binghamton” and “year” signs along with a boulder wall and sidewalks. In the spring, plants will be added throughout the area.

Plantings and flag poles will be added to the traffic circle area with work also expected to be complete in spring.