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Building in progress

Rochester Business Journal
August 9, 2013

Whether it is upgrading an office building or constructing a multimillion-dollar facility, local colleges and universities are revamping their campuses. Here is a closer look at a few key projects underway this year.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Merritt Hall: Upgrades to the 19th-century academic building will provide handicapped access to the building and major program elements. The project, with a cost of $450,000, is expected to be finished this month.

Monroe Community College
Public safety building renovations: Slated to start in October, the work will add 16,000 square feet to the existing Building 21 campus services complex. The $9.93 million project will improve operations for the purchasing and receiving department and provide essential centralized office space for the safety and security department. The anticipated date of completion is January 2015.

Parking and road improvements: Work began in May to reduce traffic congestion and the vehicle accident rate on campus. The project, which will cost $3.6 million and be completed in September 2014, also includes new parking lots to support existing and new facilities.

St. John Fisher College
Wegmans School of Nursing annex: A two-story, 10,400-square-foot addition will expand the 42,000-square-foot Wegmans School of Nursing building. The project, which began in January and will be finished by early September, will include classrooms and simulation laboratories, in addition to faculty offices that will accommodate growth in the program.

Pellicano Pavilion: The pavilion is a 3,000-square-foot open-air spectator pavilion along the sidelines of Growney Stadium. It will cost the school $400,000.

SUNY College at Geneseo
College stadium: The improved facility will give the college two lighted, artificial turf fields with a separating structure that will house locker rooms, a food concession, a press box and seating for 2,000 people. The $13.5 million project is expected to be complete in late 2014.

University of Rochester
Golisano Children's Hospital: The $145.9 million, eight-floor building is the largest capital project to date for UR. Construction began this summer and is expected to be finished by 2015.

Renovations: Two nursing units at Strong Memorial Hospital will be improved at a cost of $7 million, with work expected to be finished by summer 2014. Pharmacy services at the hospital also are being modernized and expanded. The $8 million project will be finished by winter 2014.

Fraternity Quad: The project incorporates the construction of a graduate residence studio and renovation of six fraternity buildings on campus. The upgrades will cost an estimated $4.45 million.

Electrical upgrade: While current electrical service to UR is at capacity, a distribution capacity upgrade is expected to be finished by fall 2014. The project, which began this summer, doubles capacity and provides more reliable service. It will cost UR $22 million.

Mid-campus chiller expansion: The $13 million project includes installation of chiller capacity to provide cooled water for the entire university and system redundancy. It is expected to be completed next summer after an eight-month construction period.

-Katie Burgstrom

8/9/13 (c) 2013 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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