President's Report Masthead
September 1, 2016

Construction update

Projects touching on many aspects of campus life were completed over the summer. A before/after slideshow of the Lecture Hall Student Wing renovations and 2016 summer projects highlights can be found on the
Physical Facilities website.

Lecture Hall Student Wing renovation

Students were greeted with new classrooms, lounge and study space as a result of the Lecture Hall Student Wing renovation. The $13-million project created 20 classrooms, three lounges, study rooms and
corridors equipped with seating and charging stations for devices. As a result of collaboration with the Center for Learning and Teaching, classrooms contain a variety of technology and seating arrangements. Building mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems and windows were replaced as well.

Old Digman renovation

Students are once again occupying Old Digman Hall following a $5.5-million upgrade. Old Digman has adopted a theme of health and wellness, so space was designed on the ground floor to incorporate serenity rooms and large and small exercise studios. Gang bathrooms were replaced with smaller shared bathrooms. All building flooring and lighting was replaced. The project updated key building infrastructure including mechanical, plumbing, electrical and fire alarm systems as well as new roofing and windows.

Cayuga Hall renovation

Cayuga Hall is closed for renovations that are just getting under way. The scope of work includes new paint and lighting for bedrooms, other rooms and corridors; new ceilings, lighting and flooring in lounge areas; and the renovation of 47 bathrooms.

Pedestrian safety upgrades

Efforts to improve campus safety continued with the installation of two speed tables in the high-traffic area between the Academic Complex and Library. Crosswalks in the area were also improved. Significant
landscaping and sidewalk installation took place between the University Union and the Engineering Building. Vehicular traffic in this area is now limited to gate-controlled large tractor-trailer deliveries only.

Earlier this year, “the berm,” a popular location for Commencement photos, was moved from the roundabout to the Peace Quad for safety reasons. This summer, the roundabout was landscaped and flag poles were added to the area. At other sites around campus, blacktop walkways were replaced with concrete.

MarketPlace addition/Sodexo improvements

An addition was constructed to The MarketPlace fireside lounge. An outside patio looking out to the Peace Quad was included in the work. New landscaping around the addition has enhanced the north entrance of the University Union. At Hinman, modifications were made to the dining hall lower level to add a Subway and Starbucks.

Global Center at Old Champlain

A series of phased renovations is under way at Old Champlain. Work on phase one interior renovations are complete and some departments have moved in, including Study Abroad, Office of International Programs and the English Language Institute. Korean Center renovations are underway. Phase two interior work will be complete by mid-October when the International Student and Scholar Services and other offices will move in. Work on an addition to Old Champlain recently got under way and will wrap up in spring 2017.

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Steel is rapidly rising in the site of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Johnson City. All of the steel will be in place by late fall and there has been a variety of site work going on for utility installations and a parking lot. Staff is also working with pharmacy research hires to identify needs and equipment.

Smart Energy Research and Development Facility

Work on the exterior of the building including installation of glass and brick was completed over the summer. Interior work is progressing. Significant site work took place to bring additional power to the Innovative Technologies Complex site to accommodate development there. Landscaping followed that work around the Center of Excellence and the new building.

Other projects

An important infrastructure project to replace sections of sanitary sewer lines was completed over the summer. Some smaller projects resulted in masonry repairs at several sites, new hallway flooring in Cleveland and Lehman halls, site lighting additions at College-in-the-Woods, and painting of the University Union clock tower and the Anderson Center facade.